Manly Food? Steak, Of Course

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“How do you handle a manly man? Manhandler? Manwich? (“A sandwich is a sandwich, but a Manwich is a meal.”) Do those old commercials ring a bell? When Carol of Simply … Gluten Free said her theme for the June Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! blog carnival would be manly food, a few thoughts immediately came to mind, including those silly commercials. However, I decided to go to my man—Mr. GFE. So I asked what he considered manly food. His first answer was Sloppy Joes … no kidding! Okay, I do make some mean Sloppy Joes (without the help of Manwich or other mixes). But, I wanted to make this particular manly dish for his Father’s Day meal and Sloppy Joes just didn’t measure up. So, I asked him for more ideas. Then the answers I had originally expected came forth: prime rib, rib eye steak, T-bone … meat, meat, and more meat. Have I mentioned my husband is a real carnivore? Yes, I think I have. LOL At the store, I found Porterhouse steaks on sale, so that became the manly meal. I am not a huge steak person, but Porterhouse steaks are one of my favorites because they are a “two-in-one” steak and, therefore, one is plenty for both of us. I eat the tenderloin part (well, naturally) and Mr. GFE eats the sirloin strip portion.

When I cook steaks, I usually only add some salt and pepper, maybe a little oil or butter, relying on searing and natural flavor to render good results. This time I was looking for something more special though.

I modified the following recipe from The Splendid Table. Verdict—It has to be the juiciest, most flavorful steak I’ve ever prepared. Mr. GFE agreed and didn’t find it unmanly in any way (despite red wine, honey, and smoked paprika being used). Served with corn on the cob and steamed artichokes, it made for a very special Father’s Day meal. Not as special as it would have been if Son had been able to make it home, but this meal and a phone call on Saturday and Sunday from him plus a promise for a future trip to the mountains with us worked well enough.

Steak Manly 006-1

Pepper-Honey Steak
Recipe type: Entree
This Pepper-Honey Steak has to be the juiciest, most flavorful steak I've ever cooked. You can't go wrong with this recipe! Great for Father's Day or any time you need a "manly" meal.
  1. Combine ingredients in glass dish and let steak marinate while heating grill to high. Turn steak at least once in marinade. (I marinated the steak longer ... probably 30 minutes in all.)
  2. Remove steak from marinade and sear quickly on both sides. Turn grill down or move steak to lower heat area. Cook additional 10 minutes for medium rare (or longer as desired). Move to platter and let rest about 10 minutes. It will continue cooking, but hold in the juices this way.

Note:  Naomi Devlin (Straight Into Bed, Cakefree and Dried) is the originator of the Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! blog carnival. Each month it is hosted by a different gluten-free blogger who gets to choose the theme. Next month I’ll be hosting. Stay tuned! :-) Until then, please go check out all the recipes for this month’s carnival over at Carol’s by clicking here. Carol and all the contributors did a phenomenal job. You will be delighted with all the contributions … something for everyone!

Not just gf, but gfe!

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34 Responses to “Manly Food? Steak, Of Course”

  1. H.Peter on June 27th, 2009 8:49 am

    STEAK! More steak. That PH Steak makes me want to BBQ today. Come to think of it….it’s the weekend.

    A manly meal for me is anything, served twice the size of my wife’s plate.

    • Shirley on June 28th, 2009 8:46 pm

      H.Peter–LOL … yeah, you’re right … portion size definitely can make any meal more manly! ;-) Glad you like this steak. Did you barbecue over the weekend? Can you believe I cooked filet mignons last night while we were camping? And, used half of mine for our steak hash this morning for breakfast. Delish. But, I think no red meat for me for several days at least.


  2. jennifer on June 27th, 2009 3:15 pm

    Sounds really good. My mr. GF might like it! You know how particular he is!

    • Shirley on June 28th, 2009 8:54 pm

      Hi, Jennifer–I bet your Mr. would like this steak recipe a lot! You can use it with any good quality steak. It would probably even take a lesser grade steak up a notch if it were marinated overnight and slow-cooked. Might have to try that soon, in fact. Grilling or slow cooking keeps the heat out of the kitchen. :-)


  3. glutenfreeforgood on June 28th, 2009 8:32 am

    Weeellll, I guess I probably make too much girlie food as I’ve served up garlic-scape pesto with organic brown rice pasta the past two nights. With Barbie-pink beet ice cream for dessert.

    Yikes, I better rethink my manly meals or there won’t be any manly men around here.



    • Shirley on June 28th, 2009 9:03 pm

      Melissa–Guess you got your men getting more in touch with their feminine sides! LOL That’s not a bad thing ;-) and I’m sure they are not complaining at all–your food always sounds delish. :-)


  4. Carol, Simply...Gluten-free on June 28th, 2009 9:21 am

    Yum. This looks very manly indeed! Thanks for the submission and I look forward to your round up next month!

    • Shirley on June 28th, 2009 9:07 pm

      Hi Carol–Thanks for all your kind words! Hosting Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! will be a neat experience I’m sure. I’m looking forward to all the other manly recipes that you’ll be sharing from your hosting efforts this month. :-)


  5. Diane-thewholegang on June 28th, 2009 5:33 pm

    Oh I totally forgot about doing this. Oh well, I guess next month. Steak is a very manly meal. I don’t serve manly meals so it was going to be hard to come up with something. You’re steak however looks delish!!!! We’ve been eating more ostrich lately. Is that considered manly? Thanks for the steak idea. Might have to do that tonight. The natives are getting restless and asking me what’s for dinner. Like I’m the only one who can cook. Maybe I’ll hide and show them your steak. :-)

    • Shirley on June 28th, 2009 9:12 pm

      Hi, Diane–Sure, I think ostrich is manly. Exotic manly, but manly. And, how about buffalo? You guys eat that a fair amount, right? That’s very manly. :-)

      I can empathize with dealing with restless natives. I appeased my native with a leftover burger tonight. ;-) He’s such a carnivore.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Ali (Whole Life Nutrition) on June 28th, 2009 11:24 pm

    Hi Shirley!

    I like all of the detailed instructions you give for grilling steak! I, however, only eat red meat about 2 to 3 times a year. Your marinade sounds really yummy though! I like how you have added the printer version of the recipe here, I need to do that too. :)

    Tom’s version of a manly meal, being vegan, is rice and beans. He is easy to please. :) -Ali :)

    • Shirley on June 29th, 2009 10:22 pm

      Hey Ali–Thanks! That marinade was indeed very delicious. I am sure it could be used for other applications. :-)

      My web person set up the print capability. :-) The only issue as I go back and do the stepsto implement the print capability for the old posts is that Feedburner sees it as updated material and resends the posts. So I am going to do the rest all at once, so they all go out in one email/feed.

      Beans and rice … that’s a good manly meal! Hearty and filling!


  7. Nance on June 29th, 2009 11:59 am

    Ooooh, I love to marinade! I hesitate marinading any good cut of steak because, like you, I hate to alter the flavor of a really nice cut of beef. But, don’t you just love the way marinades enhance the flavor AND the texture/tenderness of any meats? It helps you get away with using the less tender but more flavorful cuts, like chuck steak and flank/skirt steaks. Mmmmm.

    • Shirley on June 29th, 2009 10:26 pm

      Hi, Nance :-) –Marinades can provide so many possibilities with just a few ingredients! I was a little hesitant myself, but I’ll be using this marinade again on any cut of meat. I actually wished I had used it this weekend on two filet mignons we grilled in the mtns. They actually seemed a little tough and not as flavorful as most filets. (I think I am steak’d out for a while. LOL) It would be easy to change this marinade slightly to provide different flavoring … all good though and gfe!


  8. Jenn on June 30th, 2009 1:26 am

    That marinade sounds amazing! And congrats on hosting, I can’t wait to see what theme you pick!

    • Shirley on June 30th, 2009 9:30 am

      Hi Jenn!–Thank you on all counts! The marinade was really something … it added a nice complexity of flavors to the steak and the juiciness factor couldn’t be beat. My theme post should be up tomorrow with all the details, but Carol mentioned it in her roundup post if you want a preview. :-)


  9. Naomi on June 30th, 2009 9:02 am

    You just can’t go wrong with steak can you? It’s our go-to meal of choice when any one of us has a celebration. I also usually just, sear them with some sea salt and maybe add a knob of butter in at the end of cooking, but this marinade looks fantastic – and manly!

    I look forward to your theme post.

    x x x

    • Shirley on June 30th, 2009 9:35 am

      Hey there, Naomi!–Yes, a steak is often just right and celebratory it is for sure! Your “recipe” is a proven winner, but the marinade is worth trying sometimes. When I saw it included honey ;-) , I had to try it … and I’m glad I did.

      Hopefully, the theme post will be up tomorrow some time. I’m busily preparing for our support group meeting here tonight. Headed off to the store right now to get a key ingredient since I decided to double the recipe for sweet potato chili. :-) Tomorrow, I should be able to post AND read all the manly posts for June! It must be very rewarding to see the results of your own invention, Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free!, get displayed so creatively each month–a wonderful bonanza (manly word there!) for all of us!

      Thanks so much! xo,

  10. Pam Striker on June 30th, 2009 2:17 pm

    Wow, I just came across your blog and everything looks so good! Going to do more exploring now!

    Great Blog and Have a great day,

    (a gluten free blog)

    P.S. just signed up to receive your updates..thanks!

    • Shirley on July 1st, 2009 6:04 pm

      Hi, Pam!–Welcome to gfe! Sorry for the delay in replying. I was in support group mode yesterday and then had the work thing today. ;-) Anyway, thanks so much for your lovely comments—I really appreciate them. :-)

      Thanks so much for subscribing! Hope you’ll come back and comment often! Now, I’m off to check out your blog … there can’t be too many gf blogs. ;-)


      • Pam Striker on July 1st, 2009 7:41 pm

        Shirley, I believe every day there are more GF blogs out there, so you better get your running shoes on….lol!!!

        No problem…lol!

        You have a great evening and thank you for the warm welcome,


        • Shirley on July 2nd, 2009 6:53 am

          Pam–Ha ha … I don’t mind putting on my running shoes to be able to visit all the gf blogs from time to time! :-)


          • Pam Striker on July 2nd, 2009 11:19 am


            LOL!!!….just don’t forget those warm-ups and cool downs….he he!

            Happy 4th to you and yours,


  11. Pam Striker on June 30th, 2009 2:17 pm

    Oh, sorry…wanted to sign up for comments!

  12. Pam Striker on July 1st, 2009 8:11 pm


    You were right about the Grilled Chicken Breast Filet: this is what it says, so I will not be eating that again. I got this off of McD’s list:

    Chicken breast filets with rib meat, water, seasoning (salt, sugar, food starch-modified, maltodextrin, spices, dextrose, autolyzed yeast extract, hydrolyzed [corn gluten, soy, wheat gluten] proteins, garlic powder, paprika, chicken fat, chicken broth, natural flavors (plant and animal source), caramel color, polysorbate 80, xanthan gum, onion powder, extractives of paprika), modified potato starch, and sodium phosphates.

    Thank you, Pam

    • Shirley on July 2nd, 2009 6:58 am

      Hey, Pam–Thanks for reporting back with this info per our discussion on your blog! I really appreciate you confirming that the McDonald’s grilled chicken salads are off limits as I thought. It’s a shame. You think they could make a small modification and be serving gf grilled chicken salads to all of us gf folks … However, I have to admit, reading those ingredients again … I’m not sure I’d want to eat them even if they were gf. “Polysorbate 80,” “sodium phosphates,” “modified this” and “modified that.” But, again I do appreciate you sharing the info you found!


      • Pam Striker on July 2nd, 2009 11:07 am

        I’m glad you brought it up! THANK YOU, Shirley! I agree on those beastly ingreds….yuck!

        Have a great day!

        Most Appreciated,


        P.S. I love your blog colors, so vibrant!

        • Shirley on July 2nd, 2009 5:49 pm

          Hi again, Pam–You’re welcome for the salad warning. Once we know these things, we don’t usually forget, but it’s getting all the info into our brain that can take some time!

          Thanks so much for the kudos on the blog colors—I was going for a certain look, so it’s wonderful to get postive feedback!! “Vibrant” is good in my book. :-)

          I’ll reply to your other comment here as well. Annoyingly perky Leslie Sansone of Walk Away the Pounds fame taught me about warming up and cooling down (strettttttchessssss). Haven’t seen Leslie in a while … hmmm, need to make a date with her for a super hot day when it’s too hot to walk outside. ;-)

          Thanks for 4th wishes! Same to you!

          • Pam Striker on July 2nd, 2009 7:06 pm

            Your Kindly Welcome!


  13. Linda on July 12th, 2009 8:00 am

    That sounds great. I need a new marinade recipe to try, I’m getting tired of the same one. Thanks!

    • Shirley on July 12th, 2009 11:37 am

      Hi, Linda–It really was an easy marinade and full of flavor. Hope you enjoy it!


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