We all have dishes and flavors, even scents that take us immediately back in time, flooding our minds with memories and past events. The Sailor's steak took me back to childhood Sundays when coming home from the church services this dish had been in the oven for hours and the scent of it and the marvelous taste of it was waiting for us. Good times.
The dish is in the oven several hours in lower temperatures and the tastes and aromas have time to develop and merge. It is one of those melt in your mouth dishes, and with ample amount pepper has a great subtle kick to it at the end. You can use beer even if cooking for a family with children, the alcohol evaporates as it cooks, but you can also substitute it with more broth. There are a great many things you could be added to this rather uncomplicated dish, but then we would have to come up with a new name since the original Sailor's streaks would cease to exist.
This is a great meal to prepare on those cold winter days when you have the opportunity to let it cook for several hours in a dutch oven, or set it in your slow cooker and forget it until dinner time. And served with something colorful like pickled beets or shredded carrots, it will make a marvelous mealtime for you.
I hope you enjoy it, until next time
I'm a chef and a pastry chef, and I love food. Preparing a meal for someone is a show of love; for your craft, for the ingredients, and for the ones eating.
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