A recipe from MEAT: The Ultimate Companion by Anthony Puharich and Libby Travers.
You can’t beat a tasty T-bone with Cafe de Paris Butter.
Serving suggestion: fat chips & a rocket salad
Image and recipe from MEAT Anthony Puharich and Libby Travers. Photography by Alan Benson, Murdoch Books
PREP TIME: 30 mins (plus chilling) COOK TIME: 15 mins (plus resting) SERVES: 4-6
2 T-bone steaks, 4 cm thick, about 800 g each
250 g butter, preferably cultured, at room temperature
FOR THE BUTTER
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
2 anchovies, finely chopped
1 small golden shallot, very finely chopped
1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
11/2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
1 teaspoon finely chopped tarragon
1 teaspoon brandy
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 pinch each of sweet paprika, ground cayenne and curry powder
FOR THE CHIMICHURRI
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 golden shallot, very finely chopped
1 jalapeno chilli, finely chopped
3 large handfuls of coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 large handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
160 ml extra virgin olive oil for the chimichurri and extra for drizzling
100 ml red wine vinegar
1. To make the cafe de Paris butter, beat ingredients in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until combined, season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground pepper and beat once again to combine. Store in an airtight container or roll into a cylinder using plastic wrap, twisting the ends to seal. Cafe de Paris butter will keep refrigerated for up to 1 month.
2. To make the chimichurri, combine the vinegar, garlic, shallot and chilli in a bowl and set aside for 10 minutes to soften. Stir in the remaining ingredients to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep chimichurri in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
3. Season the steak generously on both sides with sea salt and set aside at room temperature for 1 hour. Preheat a barbecue or chargrill pan to high heat and turn off one side of the grill: if using a charcoal barbecue, push the coals to one side. 4. Drizzle the steak with a little oil and chargrill on the hottest part of the barbecue for 4–6 minutes until well browned, then turn and cook for another 4–6 minutes for medium-rare. The internal temperature will be around 52°C (125°F), resting up to 55°C (130°F).
4. Stand steaks up on the bone for another 1–2 minutes (this conducts the heat through the bone for more even cooking) then transfer to a plate. Cover loosely with foil and rest for 10 minutes. Melt a 5 mm slice of the cafe de Paris butter over each warm steak.
5. Cut the meat from the bone, then slice across the grain of the meat to divide between plates. Serve with the chimichurri sauce on the side.