Make America Steak Again (In A Cast Iron Skillet)

Election Night 2016 in America… I fulfilled my civic duty and voted. My oldest daughter went to the Iowa Caucus with me earlier this year so it was only fitting that I took her along with me to vote.

After all, she did remind me (and made me feel old) that she’ll be able to vote in the next Presidential election.

There was a long line but the election workers were awesome and got us all through quickly; only 19 minutes for me. I was voter #832. You’ll have to take my word for it because my polling place ran out of “I Voted” stickers.

Not going to lie… I really wasn’t all that excited about voting this time but I was excited for the election night meal my oldest daughter and I had planned.  My wife and youngest daughter had other plans so it was just the two of us.

Our menu for the night included steak with mushrooms, onions and shrimp,  baked potatoes, and spinach salads.  It might sound complicated and time consuming but it came together in about 20 minutes.  Especially since we made our steak in a cast iron skillet.

It was the first time preparing a steak like that but it was such a success that we’ll be doing it again soon.


Making A Steak In A Cast Iron Skillet

We started by seasoning the steak on both sides with salt and pepper and letting it come to room temperature on the counter.

The oven was preheated to 450 degrees and we preheated our cast iron skillet on the stove over high heat.  When it started to smoke we added a little bit of olive oil to the skillet and carefully added the steak.

We let it cook on the stovetop on each side for two minutes and then it was into the oven to bake for 4 minutes.


This came out to a perfect medium which is just the way my daughter and I like our steak.  If you prefer your steak a little more done you could just leave it in the oven for a couple more minutes.

The steak was then moved from the skillet to a plate, topped with a pat of butter, and covered with foil to rest.  Then we cooked some mushrooms, onions, and shrimp in the hot skillet.


It was a fantastic meal!  As we ate, we decided that we should make it a tradition for every presidential election night meal.  I’m fine with that.  It was that good (and that easy to make)!

Do you have any election night traditions?

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