Prep 45 mins
Cook 14 mins
In 'Williams-Sonoma : American'
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1⁄2 cup chopped shallot
- 4 sirloin steaks, 12-14 oz. each
- fresh ground black pepper
- vegetable oil, for greasing
- Shallot butter: in a small nonstick frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat.
- Add the shallots and decrease heat to med-low.
- Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are golden brown, about 20 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
- In a small bowl, using a rubber spatula, mash the remaining butter with the cooled shallots to combine thoroughly.
- Scrape the mixture onto a piece of waxed paper.
- Using the paper as an aid, form the butter into a log and wrap well.
- Refrigerate until the butter is chilled and firm, at least 2 hours.
- Remove the shallot butter and the steaks from the refrigerator about 1 hour before using to take the chill off.
- Build a charcoal fire in an outdoor grill and let the coals burn until covered with white ash.
- Leave the coals heaped in the center of the grill.
- For a gas grill, preheat on high heat; turn one burner off and keep the other burners on high heat.
- In a small bowl, mix 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
- Season the steaks on both sides with the salt mixture.
- Lightly oil the grill rack.
- Place the steaks over the hot part of the grill and cook until seared on the first side, about 2 minutes.
- Turn the steaks and sear on the second side, about 2 minutes longer.
- Move the steaks to the perimeter of the grill, not over the coals, and cover.
- For a gas grill, transfer the steaks to the unlit burner and cover.
- Cook until the steaks are medium-rare, about 5 minutes longer.
- Transfer to a platter, cover loosely with foil to keep warm, and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Serve the steaks on individual plates, topping each with a pat of shallot butter.