Friday, May 26, 2006

RECIPE: Steak with Thyme Lavender Butter

Steaks with Thyme Lavender Butter
Serves: 2

1/4 cup dry vermouth
4 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, well packed
2 teaspoons dried organic culinary lavender
2 garlic cloves, sliced
4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
Olive Oil
2 1-inch New York steaks

Combine 2 tablespoons shallots, 1-tablespoon thyme, lavender, and garlic. Chop ingredients until they are very fine and paste has been formed. Press salt and pepper into both sides of the steaks. Then spread the paste on both sides of the steaks. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Let marinate for 2 to 24 hours.

Boil vermouth, 2 tablespoons shallot and 1 tablespoon thyme in small saucepan until liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes. Cool completely. Mix butter into shallot mixture. Season the butter with a pinch of salt and pepper. Form butter mixture into log; wrap in plastic and chill until firm. Can be made 3 days ahead. Cut butter into slices. Bring to room temperature before cooking the meat.

Brush large nonstick grill pan with oil; heat over medium-high heat. Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper; add to skillet. Cook to desired doneness, about 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Overlap butter slices atop steaks and serve.

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ilva said...

This is interesting, my lavendar is about to bloom so I will have to try this!

Gabriella True said...

Ilva, I have posted a few of my lavender recipes. I will be focusing on them for hte next Spice is Right.

Most of my recipes use dried lavender but like any herb you can use both.

Pille said...

I have a lavender plant on my windowsill, so I'm on the lookout for interesting recipes using this herb. I will include yours on my list!

Gabriella True said...

ooh. there is so much to do with them!

your blog is simply AMAZING!!

Megan said...

I just recently discovered cooking with lavender, and thyme is already one of my favourite herbs. I can't wait to try this recipe!

Ruth said...

I just used up the last of my lavender, have no plants (sad me) and will have to rush out to buy some for this steak.

Wonderful recipe, lovely photo, thanks for sharing.

Gabriella True said...

Thanks ladies!

Megan, let me know how you like it. I would love to know about your other forrays into the world of Lavender.

Ruth! My lavender plant died. But I have dried though and that is what I usually use.