Landline Recipe Steak

To me, the underlying theme in Rainbow Rowell’s Landline was coming home. I felt like the book should be paired off with something hearty, something that warms you from the inside out. Instantly I thought of Steak and Potatoes – the one meal my entire family enjoys together.



I had about three 8oz pieces of lean beef (trimmed for excess fat)

The marination was simple

  • tsp oil (per steak)
  • sea salt to taste
  • freshly cracked peppercorn to taste
  • Coriander seeds roughly crushed

The marination doesn’t need to be left on long; maybe about 15 minutes.

In the meantime get a caste iron skillet or grill onto your stove and get it pipping hot!! Cooking is quick and as simple as the marination:

  • Cook each side of the steak for 5 minutes on the caste iron pot
  • Move Skillet to oven

Cook to preference: Stick a cooking thermometer into the middle of the steak to read below: 

  •  120° F (48.8° C) = Rare
  • 130° F (54.4° C) = Medium rare
  • 140° F (60° C) = Medium
  • 150° F (65.5° C) = Medium well
  • 160° F (71.1° C) = Well done

The above allots about 7 minutes of cooking time each side. Let cooked meat stand for a few minutes before you cut into it. Allow the juices to redistribute properly. Try it – makes a world of a difference!

A few minutes before cooking time is up add a small pad of butter. This will crisp up the ends and enhances flavor.


Tips & Tricks:  Throw on some veggies next to the steak. Its almost like a one pot wonder and the veggies will cook delightfully in the steak juices.

I personally cook my steak dead. That’s just how we like it in my household.

Recipe for Potatoes coming up shortly.


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