CAPE COD SUMMER STEAK AU POIVRE with HERB GARDEN BUTTER

Written by Sarah Leah Chase

Sarah Leah Chase moved to Nantucket, Massachusetts, as a year-round resident in 1980 and opened a specialty food shop and catering business called Que Sera Sarah, which soon became an island institution.

Sarah develops recipes and concepts for her husband Nigel’s specialty food company, Coastal Goods. She lives with her family on Cape Cod, where she enjoys oystering and gardening as much as cooking.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

Herb Garden Butter: 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon finely slivered fresh basil leaves 2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon 2 tablespoons salted Kampot peppercorns, chopped 1 small shallot, minced 1 clove garlic, minced Steaks: 2 New York Strip or Ribeye steaks, about 1 ½-inches thick, 12 to 14 ounces each 2 tablespoons salted Kampot peppercorns, chopped
  1. To make the Herb Garden Butter: Place the softened butter in a mixing bowl and mash it with the tines of a fork. Fold in all the herbs, Kampot pepper, shallot, and garlic, until evenly distributed throughout the butter. Tear off a 1-foot-long piece of plastic wrap and place it on the counter. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the herb butter in a log shape down the center of the sheet of plastic wrap. Fold the plastic wrap over the butter to enclose it and pat to make a compact cylinder. Place the butter in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Place the steaks on a platter and gently press the salted Kampot pepper evenly over the surface of the steaks on both sides. Let stand at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes.
  3. When ready to grill, prepare a gas or charcoal grill for grilling over medium-high heat on one half side of the grill. Make sure your grilling grates are clean, and brush lightly with oil prior to grilling.
  4. Grill the steaks on the hot side of the grill for 6 to 8 minutes. Flip them over and continue grilling for another 4 to 5 minutes. Test the steaks in the thickest part with a meat thermometer. It should register 125 F. for medium-rare meat. If the steaks are not up to that temperature, place them on the cool side of the grill, cover, and continue cooking to the desired temperature.
  5. Place the grilled steaks on a clean platter and immediately top with 3 to 4 thin slices of the Herb Garden Butter. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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