Choctaw Casino chef serves up tips for Father's Day feasts
DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) – Father's Day is right around the corner, and Choctaw Casino in Durant is making sure you do it right.
That perfect steak takes a little bit of preparation.
“You always want to thoroughly preheat your pan and then add your oil. Leave [the meat] on the counter for about 30 minutes to an hour; take the chill off the steak,” explained 1832 Steakhouse Chef Patrick Nelson, who learned thing or two from his father.
“Growing up, I used to cook a lot with my dad and watch him cook steaks on the grill out back, throwing a football around,” Nelson said.
If the meat is good, don’t go heavy on the seasoning.
“I like a nice kosher salt and coarse ground black pepper,” he said.
And don’t ask Chef Nelson how long to set your timer.
“If you’re cooking a steak by time, that’s just a great way to mess up your steak," he said. "The best thing you can do is invest in a little digital thermometer.”
Chef Nelson started with 1832 Steakhouse a year-and-a-half ago. To him, cooking is second nature.
“My wife claims that all of my memories are food-based,” he said. “I might not have known what someone was wearing, or why we were gathered together, but I remember what we ate," he said.
After just a few minutes in a 425° oven, it’s time to let the meat sit.
“We are going to let these guys rest for 4 to 5 minutes before we cut into them,” Nelson said.
Now he'll have to see if his family follows his own instructions.
“I’ve got a seven-year-old at home, and I’ll miss Father’s Day, but we’ll try to do something the next day for sure,” Nelson said.