If there are two things Americans love on the 4th of July it’s displays of ignited flames and lots of beef. Although British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is probably not the best authority on American culture, he sure is the best authority on a good steak. So as an ode to his audience across the pond, Ramsay posted a special 4th of July celebration video teaching them how to cook the perfect steak with a fiery flambé sauce. This beautiful dish shows us that there’s more to American food than just pure fat and sugar (well, kinda).
The video originally comes from Season 8, Episode 2 of MasterChef, in which contestants faced off in a challenge to make their flambé steak absolutely flawless. Of course, nobody can do it as well as the 3 Michelin star chef himself. He starts the dish off in a rather classic way, adding salt and pepper to both sides of the meat, and cooking it in a hot oiled skillet with some rosemary and a sprig of thyme.
Luckily, the dish isn’t too complicated yet. This is probably for the best, as there’s about an 80-90% chance that the chef trying to recreate this at home on the Independence Day is 3-4 Budweisers deep. His advice for cooking the steak is fairly standard: get a good sear on both sides and then take it out to rest. At this point, it might be best to grab an assistant, because Ramsay ups the ante when he starts making the show-stopping flambé sauce.