What a fantastic New Year's dinner — a better than restaurant New York steak with a velvety parsnip puree! Fabulous for any special occasion. The steak is drizzled with worcestershire, patted down with an amazing spice mixture, seared in a cast iron pan and finished off in the oven … and that parsnip puree — a pure creamy, rich delight — you won't be disappointed! Serve with a simple caesar salad. Amounts are for two hungry diners.
New York Strip Steak
(2) 1-1/2" thick cuts New York steak, fat trimmed
1 T. worcestershire sauce
1-2 T. Montreal Steak Seasoning (see below)
2 T. butter
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 T. olive oil
Montreal Steak Seasoning:
1-1/2 T. dehydrated garlic
2 T. coarsely ground coriander seeds
1 T. coarse kosher salt
2 T. dill weed
2 T. paprika
1-1/2 T. ground red pepper flakes
2 T. freshly ground black pepper
1 T. fennel seeds
Crush the coriander, red pepper flakes, and fennel seeds in a mortar and pestle until coarse. Put all the ingredients in a jar and shake. Store in a cool, dark place.
Preheat oven to 400-degrees. Pat the steaks dry. Add half a tablespoon of worcestershire to one side, then half a tablespoon of the seasoning and press down. Turn the steak over and repeat on second side. Allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Place a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Drizzle the olive oil on each side of the steaks. When the pan is hot add the steaks and sear on one side for 4 minutes. Take the pan off the heat, turn the steaks over, and add a sprig of thyme and 1 T. butter to the top of each steak. Immediately put the pan into the oven. Cook 10 minutes for medium (5-8 min. for medium rare). Remove from oven and put steak on a plate to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
1 lb. parsnips, peeled and sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 c. half 'n half
4 cloves garlic, peeled and gently smashed
2 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf torn in half
4 T. butter
parsley, chopped (for garnish)
Put sliced parsnips in a saucepan, season with salt and cover with the half 'n half. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf and thyme and bring to medium heat. Simmer for about 12-15 minutes until soft.
Using a spoon, transfer the parsnips to a food processor. Add the butter and pour in enough of the milk mixture to achieve a creamy puree (the texture of whipped cream). Check the seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. (Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence, Food Network.)