Steak is invariably the main event on any table, but just seasoning it with salt and pepper might get old. So, what to do with steak to make it more exciting? The answer is garlic steak bites.
Five ingredients are all you need to turn a thick, juicy steak into the most vibrant one-biters, steak bites with all the flavor of caramelized onions, butter and roasted garlic. Doesn’t that sound delicious? Trust me, they are.
Garlic steak bites are nothing more than seasoned and sautéed steak cut into small pieces. This opens a world of possibilities since, as you can imagine, you can throw anything into the pan, from mushrooms to bell peppers, and they’ll all contrast nicely with the meaty one-biters.
For this recipe, you’ll need a steak. It can be sirloin or a rib-eye if you like your meat juicy and fatty, but it can also be skirt steak for chewier but equally tasty snacks.
You’ll also need garlic — these are garlic bites, after all — but since the bulb is quite aromatic, you only need two cloves to aromatize a whole pound of beef. You can add more garlic if you want. And here’s an interesting question. Should I use freshly minced garlic or garlic powder? Although garlic and garlic powder will give similar results, there’s nothing like finding small, golden garlic bites stuck in the meat, so go fresh.
Finally, you’ll need butter and olive oil to sauté the meat, a combination that’s more resistant to high temperatures.
Marinating the meat before making these bites is not a bad idea, although we’re already packing the meat with lots of flavor. If you’re using a particularly tough cut, then yes. Marinate the meat with beer, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce.
For the recipe below, we’re not considering the marinade since all steaks are different. Your safest bet is trying the garlic steak bites as-is, and if you feel the meat could use some tenderizing, then marinate it the next time.
The most important thing here is having fun with this one. Steak bites are awesome beer snacks, but they also have a place on the table. Serve them over creamy pasta or steamy rice, and you’ve got yourself a whole meal!
Cut the steak into bite-sized cubes. Cut against the grain.
Finely mince the garlic and onion.
In a skillet, add the butter and once melted, add the olive oil.
Sauté the garlic and onion until golden and translucent (1-2 minutes)
Add the steak and incorporate it with a spoon or spatula. Cook until browned.