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Friday, September 14, 2007

Grilled Porterhouse Steak

Well, I tried to talk O'Malley into Clam Pizza for dinner, but this 14 year-old was having none of it.

"What do you want then?" I asked.
"Steak," was his reply.

I looked through The Gourmet Cookbook to see what they might have in the steak arena, and they have a lovely, simple recipe for Grilled Porterhouse Steak. I've never actually purchased that cut for myself, but I've made it dozens of times at work--it's the favorite cut of some of the kids.

The lovely, simple recipe calls for three things--four if you count the grill: steak, mixed peppercorns, and kosher salt.

Reader, this gave me pause.

I am one of those folks in restaurants who waves away the pepper-grinder. For some reason, freshly-ground pepper makes me cough. Back in my dating days, this tended to break the mood during romantic dinners.

So you know where this is going, right? The recipe calls for crushed peppercorns and kosher salt. Three tablespoons of crushed pepper, to be exact, all of which is to be rubbed and pressed into the steak.

This was a moment where I put my faith in the higher wisdom of Ms. Reichl and countless other gourmands who have safely combined steak and peppercorns throughout the ages. Reader, I prepared and grilled those steaks just as suggested, and I am happy to report that not only was there no coughing, but I was pleasantly surprised by just how well those two ingredients really do go together. I can see why it's a steakhouse standard, and I'm embarrassed that I never tried it before.

As for the rest of the meal, my son wanted only artichokes. With real hollandaise sauce. Yes, of course I made it, with much pointing out of how awesome a mother I am.


leosatter said...

this makes me want to start cooking right now! LOL!
Maybe you can help me out with something…? I want to order all of my food online from now on because of various reasons, but I don’t know where to go for quality food. I have tried 2 companies so far, Fresh Dining, and and Celebrity Foods, but I wanna get others I can try out. Do you know of any? The main thing I’ve ordered so far is steak. I guess you can say, I’m a steak junkie. LOL!!! From what I have found out (from what I have ordered so far) I think I am able to regulate the quality of beef I buy. I hate going to a store and getting that crappy slab of beef that I have to cut down until there is like nothing left. Hahaha!!!! (its so true though) Anyhow, sorry that I made this comment so long. If you can help me out or point me in a direction where I might find more quality foods online, I would greatly appreciate it. Have a good day or night! (depending on when you read this) LOL!!!!

Melissa Bach Palladino said...

Hi, and welcome! I would definitely check out D'Artagnan at https://www.dartagnan.com/index.asp --they have incredible meat, especially if price is not a particular worry. Steer clear of Omaha Steaks--I find their steaks to be poorly cut and trimmed.

Good luck and hope to see you here again soon!


Madalynn said...

I would like to browse Omaha Steaks for variety of meat products.