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NY STRIPS WITH A DASH OF SEASONING

  Date: August 14, 2016
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This meal was an experiment to try Mrs Dash’s Steak Seasoning Grilling blend and see how good a salt substitute it might make.I bought two USDA Prime Grade rib eye at my butcher shop. While the grill was heating up to 450 degrees, I took the steaks out of the refrigerator and seasoned them with the Mrs Dash Steak Seasoning Grilling blend.I cooked the steaks to an internal temperature of 130 degrees for a nice medium rare. The crust of the steak had blackened substantially while grilling. At first I was worried that I had burned the streak, but it did not taste burned. Evidently some of the ingredients in the seasoning blend do burn/blacken at the medium high temperature I used for grilling. The interesting thing was the steak did not tastes burned. It had a great savory flavor with a bit if a crispy bark. The inside was medium rare to medium and had retained it’s moistness. I had some Mrs Dash Table Blend at the table to use if the steak lacked a little flavor, but I didn’t need it. I only used it for the french fries I served with it. I am going to have to do some more experimentation to learn the best way to use this steak seasoning blend.
Recipe Source:
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GS Website

My Own Concoction:

NY Strips steaks and Mrs. Dash Steak Seasoning Grilling blend.
Low Sodium Diet Changes:
As of July 2016 I need to be on a very low sodium diet. Six days a week I am limited to 1,000 mg. of sodium and on Saturdays I am allowed to have 1,500 mg. I have been learning how to adapt certain recipes to make them very low sodium. I also need to watch my intake of potassium chloride which is used in some salt substitutes to replace sodium chloride. I figured for anyone else trying to watch their sodium intake, I would describe some of the changes I made, together with any comments about the relative success or failure of the tweaks I made. Those of you who can handle more sodium can certainly make the recipe as originally written.
Big Picture: The intent here was to test Mrs. Dash’s Steak Seasoning Grilling blend, so I kept things simple so the seasoning blend was the only seasoning used. It had no sodium, so the two sources of sodium for the meal would be the steaks (which are fairly low sodium) and the frozen french fries I was serving with the steaks. I used 12 oz. rib-eye to help keep both the calories and sodium down. While you could make your own French fries and keep the sodium down, frozen oven fries can be a great convenience. the serving portions usually list xx amount of fries in addition to the weight in grams. This makes it easy to choose the right amount of fries for the amount of sodium you have to use for the fries. For this meal the steak was about 150mg of sodium and this meant I could eat about 20 fries for 200mg. of sodium.

Changes:

  • Seasoned the steaks with only Mrs. Dash’s Steak Seasoning Grilling blend. 0mg. of sodium.
  • Used Mrs. Dash Table Blend at the table for seasoning the steak and fries. The steak did not actually need any additional seasoning..

Comments: The steak did blacken considerably which was a bit worrisome at first. The steak did have a bit of a crispy outer crust which was good and did not taste burned. The flavor was quite good, savory but not as “salty” tasting as a steak seasoned with a large amount of kosher salt. I am getting used to foods tasting less “salty” and I find I am starting to notice some of the other subtle flavors in the food. Bottom line is the steak had good flavor and I did not feel the need to use the Mrs. Dash Table Blend on the steak. I did use it on the fries. This was a successful meal, quick to make and it had great flavor, even without the salt. When I first got put on the low sodium diet, I didn’t know if a meal like this (steak & fries) was even possible. With a few changes it is VERY possible.
Grill:
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Big Green Egg

Direct Grilled:

Using the Big Green Egg Kamado Cooker.
Gear:
  • BGE Cast Iron Grill Grid
  • SR 19" Locking Tongs
  • Stump Chunks Firestarters
  • Rockwood Lump Charcoal
  • Thermapen Super-Fast Thermometer
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