Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins
Chef Shea Gallante of Cru in New York City based this recipe on a classic Florentine dish called "bistecca alla fiorentina"- a thick T-bone grilled rare over hot coals. Here, Gallante substitutes cheaper but equally flavorful hanger steak- which he thinks is an underrated cut- and rubs the meat with dried herbs, garlic and paprika before cooking it. From the June 2005 issue of Food & Wine. Preparation time does not include time to marinate.
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 head garlic, cloves peeled and minced
- 3 lbs hanger steaks
- 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
- olive oil, for drizzling
- kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
- In a mini food processor or spice grinder, combine the dried thyme with the dried rosemary, marjoram and oregano and blend the herbs until a powder forms.
- On a work surface, rub the minced garlic cloves all over the hanger steaks and sprinkle them with the sweet paprika.
- Dust the steaks with the powdered herbs, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Let the steaks stand at room temperature for 1 hour before proceeding.
- Light a grill.
- Drizzle the steaks all over with olive oil and season them generously with salt and pepper.
- Grill the steaks over a medium-high fire until they are charred on the outside and medium-rare on the inside, about 12 minutes per side.
- Transfer the steaks to a carving board to rest for 15 minutes.
- Working from both sides and using a sharp knife, slice the steaks against the grain until you reach the strip of gristle in the center- Discard the gristle.
- Arrange the slices on a platter and serve.