Beefsteak Florentine - Bistecca alla Fiorentina
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Beefsteak Florentine is traditionally served rare and the cooking instructions reflect that. If you prefer a more medium rare preparation, consider adding 1 additional minute of cooking time to each of the flat surfaces of the steak.
Recipe type: Main Course or Secondi
Serves: 6
  • One 4½ to 5 pound Porterhouse Steak, cut 3" to 4" thick with a large fillet section
  • Large flake Sea Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Lemon Wedges and Rosemary Sprigs for garnish
  1. About 3 hours before you plan to cook the beefsteak, remove it from the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat your grill to the red hot stage - at least 30 minutes.
  3. Set the unseasoned beefsteak on the red hot grill and let is sear for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes angle the beefsteak to create crisscross grill marks and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Flip the beefsteak to the opposite side and repeat the process, however this time close the cover of your grill.
  5. Position the beefsteak on one of the edges and grill for 1 minute, closing the cover. Repeat this process with the two other edges of the beefsteak for 1 minute each, closing the cover each time. Finally stand the beefsteak on the flat bone edge and cook for an additional 1 minute, cover down.
  6. Remove the beefsteak to a cutting board and allow it to set, loosely tented with foil for 10 minutes.
  7. To carve the beefsteak for serving, cut both the sirloin and the fillet away from the bone; place the bone on a serving platter. Slice each of these segments across the grain of the meat. Place the sliced sections back using the bone as a guide. Season the steak with coarse sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Garnish the plate with lemon wedges and rosemary sprigs. Present the plattered Beefsteak Florentine along with a small dish of sea salt, the pepper grinder and a flask of the olive oil. Beefsteak Florentine is to be accompanied by warm Tuscan Style Beans.
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