Sirloin steak


Sirloin steak

is cut. Of the steaks typically considered to be premium steaks, the sirloin is the cheapest, because the muscles still do quite a bit of work.

The sirloin is actually divided into several types of steak. The top sirloin is the most prized of these. The bottom sirloin is less tender, much larger, and is typically what is offered when one just buys sirloin steaks instead of steaks specifically marked top sirloin. The bottom sirloin in turn connects to the sirloin tip roast, which is generally considered to be a good, if somewhat tough, roast.

Etymology

The often quoted, but incorrect, folk etymology is that "sirloin" comes from the knighting by an English king (various kings are cited) of a piece of meat.

In fact, the word comes from the Middle English "surloine", which itself was derived from the Old French word "surlonge", meaning "sur la longe" or above the loin. [ [http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=sirloin Sirloin according to Dictionary.com.] ] . In Modern French, the term evolved to become "aloyau" or "faux-filet" [ [http://www.wordreference.com/enfr/sirloin According to Wordreference.com.] ] .

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