When it comes to having steak at home, more often than not my choice is a thick-cut boneless New York strip grilled on the stove top. However, when my husband returned from the market with two hefty bone-in rib eyes, I had to admit that they looked quite tempting.
Because they weren’t as thick as I like for grilling, I started to look for a recipe or method that would yield a juicy medium-rare steak. Once again, my better half came to the rescue when he emailed me a recipe from Food and Wine for “Butter Basted Rib Eye Steaks.”
The recipe yielded two perfectly medium-rare steaks that, in addition to being well seared and juicy, were richly flavored by the herbs and garlic. Moreover, although the recipe calls for quite a lot of butter, you only need a fraction of it to serve with the steaks.
I must admit that I never make a sauce for steak and only season it with salt and freshly ground black pepper. At the table, I may drizzle the steak with my best extra-virgin olive oil. But what I especially like about this recipe is that the basting sauce doesn’t overwhelm the rib eyes’ rich beef flavor but rather provides the perfect complement for it.
As is my custom, I served the steaks accompanied by a simple baked potato and spinach sautéed in garlic and oil. The perfect steak night dinner—even without New York strips.
Rib Eye Steaks (from the Food and Wine website)
Two 1 1/4-pound, bone-in rib eye steaks
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 thyme sprigs
3 garlic cloves
1 rosemary sprig
Season the rib eye steaks all over with salt and freshly ground pepper. Let the meat stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the canola oil until shimmering. Add the steaks and cook over high heat until crusty on the bottom, about 5 minutes.
Turn the steaks and add the butter, thyme, garlic and rosemary to the skillet.
Cook over high heat, basting the steaks with the melted butter, garlic and herbs, until the steaks are medium-rare, 5 to 7 minutes longer.
Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut the steaks off the bone, then slice the meat across the grain and serve.
Wine Pairing: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon