Last year we bought some French free-range Charolais beef – and last night it seemed was the right night to make the côte de boeuf for dinner – 740g rib of beef, after some online searching I came across Anthony Bourdain’s recipe – I am not sure if you are an expert meat-eater like Mr. Fitz you need a recipe, but I certainly did, and Bourdain’s recipe was so darn funny that it’s worth reading even if you don’t need any help.
I seared the steak on both side’s using my French grill pan,put it in the oven for 6 minutes at 200°C and then let it stand for 10 minutes with some aluminium foil tented on top. A key step this.
And then I served with fresh Italian cucumbers sliced, without any adornment, that we received yesterday in a parcel from Puglia, more on these parcels in the link, some baked potatoes and a Béarnaise sauce made with fresh tarragon following gourmet magazines recommendation. And then I served it quoting Bourdain:
“Serve accompanied by béarnaise sauce, French fries, and a staggeringly expensive bottle of Burgundy in cheap glasses to show your diners who’s their daddy”
We drank a 14 year-old Amarone with it, in proper wine-glasses, cause I ain’t anybodys daddy, and because I had one sitting around.
This meal which was simple, quick and easy to prepare, but very delicious was followed by fruit (strawberries, bananas, pineapple in a caramel sauce (butter and light Muscovado sugar) flambéed with cointreau and rum and vanilla ice-cream, also delicious, quick and easy and I don’t know why I don’t cook like this more often.
I bring this humble offering as inspiration to Fiesta Friday, if you need a simple, scrumptious, and winning meal for guests your family, your in-laws etc, and you still eat meat sometimes, the this is a good way to go. Work load is low and the wow factor is high!