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KEEP UP WITH US AS WE UNPACK OUR PALATE JOURNEY

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WELL DONE OR RARE ?

You may have unnoticeably so been plated a rather undesired cut of steak with your recent order at a restaurant, the reason for this being, you told the waiter that night that you preferred your steak “well done”. Rumor has it that when ordering your steak well done the kitchen will serve you a cut thats closer to the vein instead of the prime thicker 12 ounce cut.
This is done to save the prime cuts for those who request a medium or rare steak for their meals, as steaks prepared rare are said to have more flavor especially cuts further from the vein hence saving these  portions for customer who are specific about their medium to rare preference.
A number of top chefs have gone on to say that when a steak is well done, a good amount of the meats  flavor is killed, hence the pan frying technique of placing the thicker outer layer of fat coating the meat pan first and pressing down as the heat brings out the hidden flavor of the steak.
A well done order does also tend to take longer to prepare, which is something to keep in mind when sitting down, where on the other hand each degree of rare requires minimal time and calls upon the chef to apply his or her skill more when prepping the steak, to avoid over cooking.

WINE AND SNACK PAIRING ?

Wine is best enjoyed with company, pairing a good snack or appetizer with that bottle and conversation, to close the weekend come the long awaited Friday evening that seemed so far away on Monday can bring just the extra bit of flavor needed to delight your palate. 

Potato cakes made out of spinach, garlic and herb

 

Pair well with a glass of Merlot and can be something new to add to your wine snacking list along with famous all time favorites such as cheese, olives and garlic bread also not forgetting dark chocolate, even hot wings or a bowl of shrimp with a lemon and butter sauce dip on the side or ... See well the point being made here is, that their is no “perfect” wine snack list, as taste is subjective. It is all about what you enjoy and looking to experiment with. Share with us what your favorite wine snacks are by mailing info@mamagasehome.com
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