Saturday, March 1, 2014

Herb Anchovy Butter Minute Steaks

PREP / TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes SERVINGS: 2 
This great recipe calls for pounded-thin top round steaks that are very quickly cooked, then served in a stack with ample amounts of anchovy-herb butter sandwiched in between the steaks.(you can  adapt  to  your  family size)

2                tablespoons chopped anchovy fillets in oil, drained 
1                shallot, minced 
2                tablespoons red wine vinegar 
1                stick unsalted butter, at room temperature 
1/4             cup equal parts chopped parsley, tarragon and chives 
1/2             teaspoon coarsely ground pepper 
2                tablespoons canola oil 
12 to 16     ounces top round—sliced crosswise into 4 slices, each slice pounded to a 1/4-inch thickness 
**Montreal steak spice, for seasoning (see tip)* 

1.        In a skillet, combine the anchovies, shallot and vinegar. Cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the anchovies break down and the vinegar has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Mash the anchovies with a wooden spoon. 
Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and let cool to room temperature. Add the butter, herbs and pepper and mix well. Scrape the butter onto a sheet of parchment paper and roll into a log or pack into an airtight container. 
2.         In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the canola oil until smoking. Season the steaks on both sides with the Montreal steak spice. Working in 2 batches, sear the steaks over high heat for 30 to 40 seconds per side until well browned outside but rare. Transfer the steaks to a rack set over a baking sheet. 
3.         On a serving plate, stack the steak slices with a big pat of the anchovy butter between each slice. Top with a big pat of butter and serve immediately, dividing the stack at the table. 
Make ahead the anchovy butter can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for 1 month.
Montreal steak spice, which includes garlic, coriander and cayenne, is based on the spices used in Montreal smoked meat. It's available at supermarkets. 
Suggested Pairing :
There are great values to be found in Bordeaux's Haut Médoc region. The Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines are superb with this dish. 


  1. Me encanta este hermoso plato con hierbas intercaladas,muy bueno,abrazos.

    1. Hi Rosita , I do so think you would enjoy this dish ,you can also add a little heat . Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. This has to be so very delicious!

    You sound like you are really enjoying Carnival season! Not much longer, though. Do you plan pancakes for Tuesday?

    1. Hi Nellie , I am enjoying Carnival season ! I am making great memories . Yes I plan pancakes for Tuesday . Nellie your visits means a lot to me , thank you for stopping by :)

  3. Dear Nee, This sounds so wonderful. I do love anchovy. Beautiful. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

    1. Hi Catherine , it's has a great taste and easy , thanks for stopping by :)


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