Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dinner for Two

My beautiful wife Kris and I agree on most things, or are close enough that our difference makes more for a conversation than a disagreement.  As politics go we are extremely close on the spectrum, religion I happily walked into the folds of the church she was raised in.  When it comes to food... well sometimes we have our differences.  Steaks are one of those differences, the difference being I like Strip Steak, Ribeye Steaks, Skirt Steaks, Flank Steak, Lamb Chops, Tri tip, Flat Iron Steaks basically every cut of meat from every animal that ever set foot on a farm.  Kris likes the Tenderloin it is a texture thing, Tenderloin is well... tender, where I don't mind the fight that Skirt Steaks give me (admittedly they have a bit of texture to them but I just love the flavor)  Kris isn't always up to the battle that dinner could be.

Anyway, I wanted steak for dinner on my last day off so I was at the store considering my options, I saw a bunch of good ideas but just couldn't come up with a good "sell" really how many ways can you try to talk someone into a skirt steak?  Then I looked at the tenderloin... $20.99 a pound, that was just out of the question, for God's sake I am a Chef, I can't pay $30.00 for a dinner that I cook!  Then I saw it at the edge of the meat case looking kind of lonely... it was a Porterhouse Steak about an inch and a half thick and I thought "God was really thinking here..." Strip Steak on one side, Tenderloin on the other, a bone to carry the heat through for even cooking and a full bodied flavor.  That was it! get the bigger Porterhouse ($6.70 by the way) and split it.

When I got home I put a little salt and pepper on the steak and put it into the fridge while I did the rest.  I topped the steak with a Roasted Garlic Gorgonzola Butter... Ooh this is good and it can be made several days ahead

The Butter
Take one clove of garlic and cut the top off, drizzle with a little olive oil and loosely wrap with foil and put it into a 350 degree oven for about an hour.  When that is done squeeze that out into a bowl with one stick of softened butter and about 1/2 cup of bleu cheese.  Mix these ingredients together until soft then wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.

The Steak
Couldn't be simpler let it temper for about an hour at room temperature sprinkled with a little bit of salt and pepper then toss on the grill until done to your liking (medium rare for me).  Take the steak off the grill and set aside tented with foil (with some of your butter on top) until you finish up any of your side dishes, at least 5 minutes,

For us I cut along one side of the bone and gave Kris the Tenderloin then along the other to get my full bodied strip.  The flavored butter melts through the steak and soaks into the meat so every bite has the garlicy buttery goodness.  It is pictured above with the last of my Rainbow Chard before I cut it up.


  1. My, what a steak! I'll have to try butter on top next time I have steak. It looks mouth-watering.

  2. Bryan, what's that nestled beside the delicious-looking steak? Oh, it looks like a cousin of kale!! Go for the kale chips! Although I like steamed kale, the kale chips have a very different taste--much milder. We did like them. So did Oliver the dalmatian!!


  3. I am drooling over steak at 9am! We call this a T-bone steak, do you guys as well?
    I think this is my all time fave if I am craving a juicy steak. The butter sounds divine- great meal chef , for a fabulous price!

  4. Nisrine the butter was a really good addition I hadn't done that before but was very happy.

    Bonnie Your Kale chip post kind of has me frightened, but am almost ready to try... what do you think will it work with chard?

    Camilla I did a ton of looking around, the Porterhouse and the T-Bone are almost the same the Porterhouse has a little more of the tenderloin.

  5. You sure know how to make a slab of meat look and sound mouthwatering! I don't eat steak very often (and I'm a bit particular when I do) but I know I would have enjoyed taking a bite out of this! Thanks for sharing...and what a great deal too!

  6. these steaks are amzing !!pierre de Paris

  7. Aww, I love a man who gives his lady the tenderloin!! Looks delish!

  8. Not often, Bryan, but every once in a while I crave a good steak. On the grill, of course. With a tossed salad and baked potato. (Shades of my youth!)
    Yummy on that roasted garlic and gorgonzola butter! I can think of a few thousand things to spread that on!

  9. What an adorable way to share and celebrate your different tastes at the same time! How sweet!