Porterhouse Steaks with Salsa Verde

Aired July 29, 2014

Serves 4
4 2-inch thick porterhouse steaks, dry-aged recommended, about 3 pounds total weight each
Several sprigs of rosemary 
Kosher salt and black pepper  
Canola or light olive oil, for drizzling, about 1 tablespoon for each steak
4 tablespoons butter for each steak
2 cloves garlic, crushed, for each steak


For the Salsa Verde:
1 small slice stale peasant-style or white bread
3 tablespoons sherry or red wine vinegar 
2 tablespoons water
Juice of 1/2 lemon 
2 cups loosely packed parsley, 1 bunch
4 anchovy filets
3 tablespoons capers
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (pepperoncino)
2 hard-boiled egg yolks 
1 shallot, coarsely chopped 
4 cloves garlic 
1/3 cup olive oil 


For the Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes: 
1 bulb garlic, ends trimmed to expose cloves
Olive oil
1 small sprig rosemary
Salt and pepper
4 large Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed  
1/2 to 3/4 cup warm milk and/or chicken stock  
About 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, a couple of handfuls 
Freshly grated nutmeg to taste 
4 cups baby kale, loosely packed  
For the Cherry Tomato and Red Onion Salad: 
1 1/2 to 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
A handful of parsley, chopped 
1 small red onion, chopped 
Olive oil, about 3 tablespoons 
Salt and pepper 
Wrap steak with rosemary when you bring it home from market. Chill overnight or for several hours.  
To make the salsa, douse bread with vinegar and water to moisten; tear and add to blender. Add lemon juice lemon, parsley, anchovies, capers, pepper, red pepper, egg yolks, shallot, garlic and olive oil. Process until fairly smooth. 
For the potatoes, place garlic in foil and dress with oil, rosemary sprig, salt and pepper. Roast to tender in a 425°F oven for 35-40 minutes.
Place potatoes in pot and cover with water.  Bring to a boil, salt water and cook to tender.  Drain potatoes and place back in hot pot to dry potatoes. 
Paste roasted garlic cloves and add to potatoes, mash to desired consistency with warm milk or a combo of milk and stock. Add cheese and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste.  Fold in kale to wilt into potatoes.
For the salad, combine tomatoes, parsley, red onion, dress with olive oil, season with salt and pepper to your taste.  Let stand 10-15 minutes before serving. 
Bring steak to room temperature. 
Get a cast-iron skillet very hot over medium high heat. Season the steak liberally with salt and to your taste with pepper. Add oil, a turn of the pan, to skillet. Brown steaks 3-4 minutes on each side to deep brown and with a good crust; reduce heat to medium and add butter. When butter foams, add garlic and rosemary stems and begin basting the steak. Baste 5-6 minutes more, turning once and remove from heat. Let stand 10 minutes then cut steak from bone, the strip and the filet. Cut steak into 1/2-inch slices across the grain. Reassemble in pan to serve and top with salsa verde. Serve with mashed potatoes and tomato salad alongside.      

Porterhouse Steaks with Salsa Verde, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Baby Kale and Cherry Tomato and Red Onion Salad Salsa verde is so versatile it can also be spooned over fish. poultry or grilled vegetables, or even tossed with pasta, gnocchi or gnudi –just use a little starchy cooking water to help sauce adhere.

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