Dad’s like wine too! So, this year you should consider treating Dad to a perfectly cooked steak and a glass of red wine for Father’s Day.
We’ve all seen the stereotypical Father’s Day meal: the greasy cheeseburger with a six-pack of beer. In all honesty, however, we feel like that might be a bit outdated. Don’t get us wrong, sometimes a cheeseburger hits the spot. But Dad’s come in all shapes, sizes, and from all walks of life. That’s why we’re challenging you to treat Dad a bit differently this year. We’re talking about a flavorful, perfectly cooked steak and red wine.
We can’t think of anyone who doesn’t salivate at the thought of a savory, juicy steak swimming in a garlic-infused butter sauce. And what better way to complement it than with a mouthwatering glass of red wine. So, this year let Dad put his feet up and treat him to a perfectly cooked steak this Father’s Day!
Intro to Wine Pairing
Obviously, this blog is all about that steak! But we’re also pretty wine obsessed, and your dad might be too. So before jumping into the steak recipe, let’s cover a few wine pairing basics. Don’t worry, it won’t be anything too complicated. Plus, we’ve already got a classic wine pairing prepped for you (so feel free to skip ahead if you’re short on time).
If you’re a complete newbie and want a bit of guidance, here are a few tips to get you started.
- Generally, your wine should be slightly sweeter and more acidic than your meal. With a savory steak, that won’t be too hard.
- Try to select a wine that has the same flavor intensity as your meal.
- If your wine is bitter, balance it out with fat (cheese, nuts, fatty meats, etc.). Since our recipe today has a decent amount of fat, a bottle of dry wine with a hint of bitterness will be perfect.
- If your meal has a flavorful sauce, match the wine to the sauce instead of the meat.
- White, sparkling, and rosé wines often create contrasting pairings, meaning they create balance by contrasting tastes and flavors. As an example, think about lime and coconut. The two flavors aren’t similar, but they’re delicious when combined.
- Conversely, red wines generally create congruent pairings. This means they create balance by emphasizing shared flavors. A good example of this would be a savory steak and mushroom combination.
This is a super simplified breakdown, but for the purposes of our wine pairing today it will get us through. If you’re interested in really honing your wine pairing skills, definitely check out our Wine Pairing 101 guide to give you all the details. Now, let’s talk about the wine we’ve selected for today!
Keto-Friendly Steak and Red Wine Pairing
For the particular cut of meat we’re working with today, we highly recommend pairing it with our Fattoria di Travalda. If you’re a fan of rich, luscious Cabernet Sauvignons, this low-carb wine is right up your alley!
We think this bottle pairs well with this dish for several reasons. While most cabernet sauvignon’s are full-bodied, this wine is more medium-bodied with a softer mouthfeel. If you’re looking for those fruit-forward notes typical of most cabs, you won’t be disappointed. Think red berries like strawberries and raspberries plus a hint of floral jasmine and geranium.
If you’re thinking that sounds rather sweet for a steak dinner, fear not. The Fattoria di Travalda is still a dry wine with noticeable tannins. Plus, there are two additional flavors within this bottle we think really elevate a savory steak dish.
If you slowly sip this wine and let it dance along the top of your palate, you’ll notice subtle coffee and chocolate notes. The surprising complexity of these flavors complements the rich, savory quality of both the steak and the butter sauce.
The SECCO Wine Club Keto-Friendly Garlic Butter Steak
This is one of those recipes that looks like a million dollars when you sit down to eat. Luckily, it only takes a few simple ingredients, a skillet, and about twenty minutes. Steak can be a bit intimidating, but with a few tips you’ll be dazzling friends and family with this seriously mouthwatering dish.
This recipe makes two servings. So, if you’re feeding several people you may want to double (or triple) the ingredients. Additionally, you may want to have a meat thermometer handy so you can tell precisely when each steak is cooked to perfection.
- 1 Boneless Top Sirloin Steak (something around 3/4 lb should be perfect)
- 2 tbsp of softened butter (let it sit at room temperature until you can easily mix it)
- 1 tsp of fresh parsley (minced)
- ½ tsp of fresh garlic (minced)
- ¼ tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Additional herbs of choice (rosemary, tarragon, etc.)
- Once your butter is soft enough, combine 1 tablespoon of it with your parsley, garlic, and soy sauce (feel free to add more garlic if you’re a fan–we do!). Set aside the other tablespoon of butter for later.
- Go ahead and start heating up your skillet over medium heat.
- Pat your steak down with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Then sprinkle each side with salt and pepper. Use as much or as little as you like, just remember that the garlic butter also has a bit of salt in it as well.
- Add the other tablespoon of butter to the skillet, and make sure the whole surface gets coated.
- Add your steak and cook each side for roughly 4-7 minutes. This is the tricky part, but DO NOT lift the steak until you’re ready to turn it. To get that tender, juicy texture, a steak needs an even sear.
- If you can’t help yourself and just have to fiddle with something, consider spooning some of the melted butter over the steak as it cooks.
- Once you’ve cooked each side, use the meat thermometer to test the interior temperature. A medium-rare state should be 135°, medium 140°, and a medium-well steak should be 145°.
- Before serving, let the steak rest for 3-5 minutes. This helps the juices evenly distribute throughout the meat.
- Serve with your garlic butter mixture and a healthy glass of red wine. Voila!
You could serve this with additional sides, but it’s such a classic that even by itself it’s a crowd-pleaser. Plus, between the garlic butter steak and wine, there are more than enough flavors to please Dad this Father’s Day.
Celebrate Dad With a Wine Subscription
Whether your dad has been a long-time lover of wine or if this dish has inspired a new passion, consider treating Dad to a monthly wine subscription! Whether they need three, six, or even twelve bottles each month, having wine delivered right to their door is sure to put a smile on their face. Plus, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind sharing a bottle of wine with you every once in a while 😉
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