Seared Porterhouse with Oozing Maitre d' Butter
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus 8 additional tablespoons, softened
- 1 cup minced shallots
- Coarse sea salt
- 2 teaspoons green peppercorns
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, plus a "few grates" lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
- 2 porterhouse steak, about 2 1/2 pounds and about 2 1/2 inches thick
I am a big fan of stovetop cooking with a steak like this. Whether you like to grill it or try the cast iron skillet method, I like to avoid the oven and just watch a beautiful steak like this cook and brown on all sides.
Make the butter: In a medium saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat, then add the shallots. Season with salt, to taste, and cook until they are translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the shallots to a medium bowl. Add the green peppercorns, mustard, lemon juice, lemon zest and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk to blend so all of the flavors start to meld together. Use a fork to blend in the other 8 tablespoons of butter. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and stir in the parsley.
Cook the steak: Heat a cast iron skillet large enough to hold the steak until it begins to visibly smoke. Use a kitchen towel to "blot" any excess moisture from both sides of the steak and season with salt and pepper. Shut the heat off underneath the skillet and use a pair of tongs to put the steak squarely in the pan. Raise the heat high and brown on the first side, 3 to 5 minutes. Resist the temptation to move it as it cooks. Lower the heat and cook for an additional 8 to 10 minutes. Turn it on its second side and brown for 3 to 5 minutes. Lower the heat and cook for an additional 8 to 10 minutes. Turn the steak on the edge with the fat "cap" and brown that for 3 to 5 minutes. Lower the heat and allow the steak to cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Slice the maitre d' butter into1/2-inch rounds and set aside.
Testing for doneness: The simplest way to check for doneness is to make a small incision by the center bone in the thickest part of the steak. It should be a little less cooked than you would like to allow for "carry over" cooking and the "finishing" touch of running the steak under the broiler. For rare, a 2 1/2-inch porterhouse steak should take around 30 to 35 minutes to cook. Add about 4 minutes for medium-rare and 4 additional for medium. If using an instant-read thermometer, rare registers between 125 and 130 degrees F. For medium-rare, 130 to 135 degrees F and between 135 and 140 degrees F for medium.
Remove the steak from the pan to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut into slices and transfer the whole thing to a heatproof platter with the meat still arranged around each side of the center bone. Top the steak with a single layer of the butter slices, put it under the broiler until the butter softens, about 30 to 45 seconds. Serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy Alex Guarnaschelli
Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay