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La Fiorentina—Grilled T-Bone Steak, Florentine Style

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Recipe

One of Italy's two prized breeds of cattle for meat—Chianina beef—is native to Tuscany. Its only rival in the country is Piedmont's Razza Piemontese. The latter is the tenderer of the two and sweet as cream, whereas the Tuscan is firmer and tastier. Chianina grows rapidly to great size so that it is butchered when the steer is a grown calf, vitellone in Italian. To Italians who love beef, a T-bone grilled in the Florentine style is the ultimate steak. It owes some of its appeal, of course, to the distinctive flavor of the meat, but as much again can be attributed to the Florentine way of preparing it which can be applied successfully to a fine, well-aged steak anywhere.

Yield: For 2 servings

Ingredients

  • Black peppercorns, ground very coarse or crushed with a pestle in a mortar
  • 1 T-bone beef steak, 1½ inches thick, brought to room temperature
  • Coarse sea salt
  • OPTIONAL: a lightly crushed and peeled garlic clove
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Equipment:

  • A charcoal or wood-burning grill

Directions

1. Light the charcoal in time for it to form white ash before cooking, or the wood long enough in advance to reduce it to hot embers.

2. Rub the coarsely ground or crushed peppercorns into both sides of the meat.

3. Grill the steak to the degree desired, preferably very rare, approximately 5 minutes on one side and 3 on the other. After turning it, sprinkle salt on the grilled side. When the other side is done, turn it over and sprinkle salt on it.

4. When the steak is cooked to your taste, and while it is still on the grill, rub the optional garlic clove over the bone on both sides, then drizzle the meat very lightly on both sides with a few drops of olive oil. Transfer to a warm platter and serve at once.

I have seen cooks rub the steak with oil before putting it on the grill, but the scorched oil imparts a taste of tallow to the meat that I prefer to avoid.


© 1992 Marcella Hazan
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and a 24oz T-bone steak.

717kcal (36%)
71mg (7%)
0mg (0%)
0mcg RAE (0%)
887mg
60mg
58g
0g
0g
0g
164mg (55%)
435mg (18%)
19g (96%)
52g (80%)
4mg (24%)
 

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