A behind the scenes look at the food prep behind our Prime Cuts: Grilled Rib Eye episode.
Join Prime Cuts chef David Bancroft at the prep table as guest chef Kevin Nashan discusses how he selects, cuts, and pre-seasons his steak, as well as how he concocts and shapes his homemade tater tots. Finally, get the inside scoop on the unique ingredients that go into his “sauce gribiche” (a.k.a. good-old egg salad) and mustard-seed condiments.
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In the words of grilling expert David Bancroft, “Nothing brings people together quite like food. And, there’s nothing like preparing it in the comfort of your own backyard.”
In this Backyard Life video, we join Bancroft on the set of Prime Cuts. He and guest chef Kevin Nashan are cooking Nashan’s grilled ribeye, cabbage and tater tots recipe. (Yes, that’s right, we said tater tots.)
Getting Ready for Ribeye
David begins by asking Chef Nashan his grilling secrets. And, for him, it’s all about two things: the heat of the grill and the cut of steak. “Keep it simple,” Nashan explains as he seasons his center-cut ribeye with salt and pepper: “Really hot grill. Really good sear. Finish it off in the oven.”
Nashan offers up some other great tips, too. Like referring to coating the grill with grapeseed oil to prevent sticking his “insurance policy.” And, while he’s all about keeping the grill ultra-hot, he also says heat management is key. He likes to keep the back are the hottest. From there you can “get to know your grill,” and place different parts of the meal on the right places for optimum cooking. Almost like cooking with a heath.
“The common trend here with cooking in the backyard is confidence. Get confident with your vessel. Know your hot spots, know your cold spots.” Bancroft explains. And, Nashan agrees.
After they’ve cooked the ribeye for 10-12 minutes to a perfect medium rare, they’re ready to let it rest as they move onto sides, starting with grilled cabbage.
It may sound strange, but Bancroft and Nashan jokingly explain that Napa Cabbage “filets” stand up well to grilling. It’s actually part of the Horseradish family, creating a perfect side for this grilled ribeye recipe.
Time for the tater tots
But, you won’t find Nashan’s coming out of a freezer bag. These scratch-made tots are easy to make with some mashed potatoes and a kick from your favorite chilis. And, they’re easy to fry, too. All it takes is a pot of your favorite oil; just make sure it has a high flash point and a neutral flavor (Nashan likes grapeseed or peanut). Once the oil is at 350, you’re ready to go. Just when it seems this grilled ribeye recipe couldn’t get any better, Nashan takes it to the next level!
He walks Bancroft through caramelizing cippolini onions until they’re sugary sweet, and how to make a savory, fancy egg-salad called “Sauce Gribiche.” There’s also a delicious-looking mustard jus that’s easy to create at home.
Finally, Nashan’s ready to plate. He slices the ribeye steak thin, pulls the homemade tater tots out of the fryer, and layers on all the sides. This dish can only be described as mouthwatering—and perfect for any fall backyard grill out! If you can’t wait to try out this amazing grilled ribeye at home, don’t worry. Here’s the ingredients and outline for the tater tots and sauces, below.
Prime Cuts Tater tots, sauce gribiche and mustard jus
Tater Tots Ingredients
- Peel and chop potatoes into one-inch cubes. Separate in half. Boil half the potatoes for XX minutes until soft (but, not falling apart,) then mash
- Combine cooked potatoes and raw potatoes in a mixing bowl. Mix in salt, chili powder and baking soda
- Roll potatoes into a cylinder in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator until cool. Or, for homestyle tots, use a melon baller to make small balls.
- 4 Heat grape-seed oil to 350 degrees in an iron skillet and fry sliced or balled tots for approximately X minutes (until golden brown).
Sauce Gribiche Ingredients
capers (keep the liquid)
rice wine vinegar
- Peel, chop and divide shallots. Cook half in an iron skillet on medium-high heat.
- Mix remaining ingredients with shallots in a mixing bowl. Serve room temperature.
Mustard sauce Ingredients
pickling liquid from your favorite
- Rehydrate mustard seeds by soaking them in water for X minutes. Drain off and sit aside.
- Mix seeds with pickling liquid from your favorite pickled food, such as dill pickles or rutabagas, for example. Refrigerate over night. Serve cold.