Recipe: Seared and Slow-Roasted Sirloin of Beef
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Pinch of crusted red pepper
- 3 cloves garlic, one clove sliced, the other two cut in half
- 3 sprigs rosemary
- 2 sirloin steaks, 9 ounces each
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Coarse sea salt to finish
- 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano, shaved into paper-thin slices
In a shallow plate or zip-top bag, combine 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the crushed red pepper, sliced garlic, and a sprig of rosemary. Add the sirloin and coat well with the marinade. Allow it to sit at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes or up to 8 hours in the refrigerator. Heat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the halved garlic cloves, and the remaining rosemary to a sauté pan just large enough to hold the steaks.
Remove the meat from the marinade and season it with salt and pepper. If you have a grill on your stove, grill the steaks just so the exterior of the meat is nicely browned (brown all sides if using a thick square of meat). If you don’t have a grill, sear the meat in a heavy-based sauté pan (not the prepared one) over medium-high heat. Take the meat off the grill or out of the pan before the interior starts to cook. The entire browning process should last about 4 minutes for a thick cut of beef and a little less for thinner cuts.
Transfer the meat to the prepared sauté pan and cook in the oven, basting the meat with the olive oil every 4 minutes or so, until the meat is cooked to your liking. We serve ours medium rare (about 103 degrees Fahrenheit on a meat thermometer), and it usually takes 18 minutes. A thinner cut will take less time; begin checking at 12 minutes. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and stir together the meat juices and olive oil that remain in the pan.
Let the meat rest for a couple of minutes to allow the interior juices to redistribute and then slice the steaks across the grain 1/4 inch thick. Arrange the slices on the heated plates. Drizzle some of the juices from the pan over the slices, sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt, and top with shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Makes 2 servings