Monday, June 5, 2017

T-Bone Steak with Green Tabasco Pilsner Butter Sauce

     Tasty Beer Sauce For Steak!
     Creating a sauce for a steak adds a signature touch that guests truly appreciate.  Just plonking a bottle of store bought steak sauce on the table will only draw compliments if the guests like the brand that was chosen.  Instead of playing the steak sauce brand name identity game, it is better to whip up a good steak sauce from scratch and take all the credit when compliments fly through the air!
     I have published many recipes for classic sauces, gastriques and barbecue sauces that go well with steak.  I even published a tamarind steak sauce recipe that compares to well known bottled steak sauces.  In recent years the craft beer industry has reached a peak, so creating a new steak sauce that is made with beer will certainly appeal to fans of gastro pub cuisine.
     When creating a beer sauce, it is best to work with the featured flavors of the beer itself.  Various preparations of malted barley and hops are the base flavor and body of beer.  A heavy rich semi sweet steak sauce can be made with a malty dark beer.  Simply reducing a good Porter or Stout with onions and a few spices will yield a good dark rich tasting steak sauce that is perfect for a cold winter day.  
     For warm summer weather, the majority of beer drinkers prefer a Pilsner or a light Lager, so the same kind of light tasting beer is the best choice for a summer season beer sauce for steak.  The refreshing beers of summer can be used to make a steak sauce that is lighter on the palate than a sauce made with heavy rich dark beer.  Just like how a dry acidic white wine can be used to make Beurre Blanc for a summer seafood entrée, a good crisp refreshing Pilsner can be used to make a butter sauce for a steak.  Butter carries the flavor of a classic Pilsner quite well.  Adding a little bit of pickled Green Tabasco Peppers gives a pilsner beer butter sauce a mild spicy kick that is perfect for a hot summer day.      
     Green Tabasco Pilsner Butter Sauce:
     This recipe yields 1 portion.  (About 2 ounces.)
     Bottles of Green Tabasco Vinegar can be found at most grocery stores.  Each bottle is filled with Green Tabasco Peppers than can be used in recipes.  These small chile peppers are medium spicy hot.
     This butter sauce should be prepared shortly before it is served.  Butter sauces are basically just an emulsion of soft butter and liquid, so if they are made too far ahead of time the ingredients will separate.  
     Step 1:  Heat a small sauce pot over medium low heat.
     Add 1 teaspoon of unsalted butter.
     Add 2 whole garlic cloves.
     Sauté till the garlic is lightly browned.
     Step 2:  Remove the garlic cloves from the pot and place them on a cutting board.
     Mince the browned garlic cloves and set them aside. 
     Step 3:  Add 1/3 cup beef stock to the sauce pot.
     Add 1/2 cup of lager beer.
     Add the minced browned garlic.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of Green Tabasco Pepper Vinegar.
     Add 5 Pickled Green Tabasco Peppers.
     Add 1 pinch of oregano.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon cumin.
     Add 1 pinch of sea salt and white pepper.
     Step 4:  Simmer and reduce till 2 tablespoons of liquid remains.
     Step 5:  Remove pot from heat.
     Immediately add 2 tablespoons of chilled unsalted butter while constantly stirring with a whisk. 
     Whisk till the butter and liquid emulsifies to create a thin sauce.
     Step 6:  Place the Green Tabasco Pilsner Beer Butter Sauce in a ceramic cup.
     Keep the sauce warm on a stove top and stir occasionally.  

     T-Bone Steak with Green Tabasco Pilsner Butter Sauce:
     This recipe yields 1 entrée.
     Step 1:  Select a 16 to 20 ounce T-Bone Steak.
     Lightly season the steak with sea salt and black pepper.
     Step 2:  Heat a chargrill, broiler or cast iron ribbed griddle to a medium/medium hot temperature.
     Cook the steak to the desired finish temperature.  (Rare to Well Done)
     Step 3:  Place the steak on a wire screen roasting rack over a drip pan.
     Let the steak rest for 1 to 2 minutes.
     Step 4:  Place the T-Bone Steak on a serving plate.
     Pour a generous amount of the Green Tabasco Pilsner Butter Sauce over the steak.  (About 2 ounces.)
     Place the 5 whole Green Tabasco Peppers on the steak as a garnish
     Serve with a vegetable and potato of your choice on the side.

     Viola!  A big tender T-Bone Steak with a great tasting spicy beer sauce!

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