Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pan-Roasted Porterhouse

Suggested by a recipe at Cook's Country™ for slow-roasted beef. The salt marinade is similar to the method for "koshering" beef -- but the loin is never used. The salt both flavors and tenderizes by dissolving muscle proteins, mostly myosin, I would guess. Prepared January 23, 2010.

Cross-Cut Porterhouse Roast 
with Haricot Vert and Roasted Potatoes
2 inch thick Angus Porterhouse, about 2-1/2 lbs
1 T olive oil
1 T kosher salt
freshly ground pepper, to taste
garlic granules, to taste
Sauce
1/4 c brandy
2 T butter
2 T capers, rinsed, drained, and chopped
1 t fresh thyme
1/2 c light cream
To cook at 6 pm, start at 10 am. Rub salt evenly on all surfaces, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate about 6 hours. Let steak warm to room temperature. Wipe surfaces carefully with a paper towel to remove excess salt and dry the meat so that it will brown and crust in the oil. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Saute in 12 inch oven proof sizzling hot saute pan over medium-high heat in olive oil. Will be smoke, so turn on range hood. About 5 minutes a side, until nicely colored. Transfer to the middle rack of the oven to finish cooking. For medium-rare, remove to a platter when temperature in the middle of the steak reads 118 to 120 degrees F (about 48 C). Tent with foil, and let rest 10 minutes. While meat is resting, prepare the sauce. Deglaze pan with brandy, then whisk in the butter, a bit at a time. Off heat, add the seasonings and whisk in the cream. Bring to a slow boil for a few minutes to reduce. Carve into thin slices across the grain by turning pieces of the steak on the side (see Note). Coat slices in sauce and arrange on a dinner platter. Serves 4. Suggested sides:
haricot vert braised in butter and tarragon
oven-roasted yellow potato wedges with rosemary and olive oil
Note: Muscle fascicles in the loin run mostly front-to-back and Porterhouse steaks are cut transversely. Thus to produce the tenderest mouthful of beef, it should be cut en face. That is, bone out the steak, cut into large pieces, turn sideways, and cut thin slices across the surface with a very sharp knife. This also separates the well done from the rare. Take your pick.

Tuna-Helper Helper

Recorded 1-28-2010
1 pkg Creamed Broccoli Tuna Helper™
1-1/2 cups water
1-1/2 cup low fat milk
1 can chunk light tuna, including pack water (COS brand)
3 T low-fat soft margarine
2 T dried minced onion
1/8 t crushed red pepper (optional)
1 stalk of broccoli, blanched and cut into bite-size pieces (see NOTE)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Prepare Tuna Helper™ according to package directions except use 1/4 cup less water, as noted above. Add the dry onions and red pepper to the other ingredients at the start. When the noodles are about five minutes from finishing, add the blanched broccoli, and continue a fast simmer. When just tender, fold in the cheese. Let stand about 10 minutes for sauce to thicken and flavors to marry.

Serves four.

NOTE
To prepare broccoli peel off the tough skin from the stem, trim away any woody portions, and separate the florets from the stem. Bring 3 cups of lightly salted water to a boil, add the pieces of stem. After 2 minutes, add the pieces of florets, and boil 2 more minutes. Drain, refresh in ice water, and let drain well.

Easy-Open, Crunchy Pistachios

Recorded January, 31, 2010. Mild heat makes them even easier to open and crisps and refreshes the nut meats.
approx. 1 cup dry roasted pistachios in the shell
Preheat toaster oven to 250 degrees F (120 C). Spread nuts in a single layer in a metal pan. Roast 10 minutes. Allow to cool. Shell and reserve meats. Keep in a dry cool place.