Do you like a nice piece of steak for your evening meal. We love to have a treat of a nice piece of fillet every now and then and it usually costs around £13 for two nice sized pieces. We have a griddle pan and also a stove stop griddle plate so we cook it properly like you would in a restaurant and its tastes amazing. However its an expensive luxury we cant always afford.
We like to watch all sorts of food programs and watched one recently about cheaper cuts of meat and how they are just as good and sometimes better than the common expensive cuts. Fillet being one of the common expensive cuts. Other common cuts of beef are Sirloin and Rump. The program showed experiments with people eating steak sandwiches and not realising the were in fact eating the cheaper cut of flat iron steak. This sent me on a mission to find some and try for myself.
Most of the big supermarkets only sell the common cuts. I could only find Flat Iron steak in one and that was Morrison’s Butchers. They are the only one that sells Ox Cheeks as well. They have a huge range of different cuts and sell all the obscure cuts you would need a butcher for normally. I found two really nice sized pieces for £5.32 the portion was bigger than a fillet we would normally pay £13 for.
So the taste test. Is it really as good or better than a piece of fillet. Well I am pleased to say I was blown away by how soft and juicy it was. It melted in the mouth like a fillet would. We like our steak rare to medium and it was cooked just right. We could not believe how good it tasted, we served it with new potatoes and fried inions and mushroom but it would be amazing on a fresh crusty ciabatta as well.
I don’t mind experimenting with food and this was one experiment that paid off. I will certainly be buying flat iron steak in the future instead of fillet for our steak night treat.
What cheap cuts do you use?
Would you try a cheaper cut over a more expensive common piece?
Let us know your thought and any experience you may have had with flat iron steak below.