December 3, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Let’s get the tough part out of the way. This blog post is going to feature expensive meats firmly settled in Treat Yo’ Self territory.
Mattingly Foods – A. Thomas Meats invited me to review a selection of their products – hamburger patties, steaks and pork chops, to be exact. This local operation supplies high-quality meat to restaurants in the region and individual customers on a cut-to-order basis. It was hard to say no to a review request from a company with such deep roots in the city.
Yet, I was torn. The selection of meat from Mattingly is of premium quality with prices that reflect that commitment. Of the meat I sampled, the New York Strip is $13.75 a pound, pork chops are $5.50 per pound, and the hamburger patties are $3.50 per pound.
We’re all regular folks, here. You know and I know that the prices made us gulp. But if you’re going to go big, go with Mattingly.
Bringing home Mattingly Meat was like sneaking into the kitchen of my favorite steakhouse, clunking the chef over the head, and stealing slabs of beef from the fridge. My galley kitchen was instantly upgraded when I cooked a New York strip.
The steak cut like velvet, juicing sliding down the glowing pink grains. I only seasoned it with salt and pepper, and that was all that this strip needed.
The pork chop was equally succulent, with little fat and lots of tender meat.
The hamburgers were juicy and retained their size as the fat cooked off.
So how can you make this price point work?
Stretch out your meat:
- The hamburger patties I received were SUPER HUGE. I took two of the patties and cooked them with a can of red beans and taco seasoning for burritos.
- I took the three remaining patties and reshaped them into four smaller burgers.
- The New York strip was large enough to share between two people, along with a couple of side dishes.
- Future possibility for the remaining steak: stir fry.
Deciding to spend the money on Mattingly’s selection is hard. Fortunately, Mattingly’s offers a variety of packages and cuts of meat, and they even have a bargain outlet. Treat yo’ self to a belly full of premium protein.
For information on ordering, visit the Mattingly Foods – A. Thomas Meats website.