Bistecca Fiorentina with asparagus

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 6 - 8 people

There are certain guidelines for the bistecca Fiorentina, a meat lover's dream from Tuscany. The Chianina cattle raised in the region was the traditional choice; we've opted for dry-aged Black Angus. The weight usually ranges from 1kg-1.5kg for each steak, which should be roughly three fingers in thickness. Serve it with a simple salad or baby potatoes cooked in foil on the barbecue, or both.

  • 2 dry aged T-bone steaks (1kg each), brought to room temperature
  • For brushing: olive oil
  • 4 bunches asparagus
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  • Oregano and anchovy sauce
  • 1/3 cup (1 bunch) oregano, torn coarsely
  • 6 anchovy fillets
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
01   Brush the steaks with oil and grill the narrow fat-fringed edges over medium-high until golden and caramelised (6 minutes), then place flat and cook each side until golden-brown (8 minutes each side for medium-rare). Set aside to rest loosely tented in foil for 10-12 minutes.
02   Meanwhile, brush asparagus with olive oil and grill, turning occasionally, until just charred (4-5 minutes). Season to taste.
03   For oregano and anchovy sauce, pound oregano and ½ tsp sea salt into coarse paste with a mortar and pestle, then add anchovies and pound to break up. Stir in olive oil and lemon juice and season to taste.
04   Slice steaks, drizzle with oregano and anchovy sauce and serve with asparagus.

Topics:

STEAK, ANCHOVIES, OREGANO, DRINK SUGGESTION, BEEF, ITALIAN, SUMMER, ASPARAGUS, MAIN

Recipe:

LISA FEATHERBY

Photography:

WILLIAM MEPPEM

Styling:

GERALDINE MUNOZ AND LISA FEATHERBY

Drinking Suggestion:

THE BEST CHIANTI YOU CAN AFFORD. , suggested by MAX ALLEN

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Jan 2015

Jan 2015

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