In November 2004 some really wonderful friends of ours (The Kirks) went and stayed a week in Italy with us. We all stayed at Podere Cortinova in the La Corte house, a very old but wonderful Tuscan villa (Farmhouse) that was so rich with history and warmth that we were totally at peace that Thanksgiving week. The night before we were to come back home to Germany we ate at a really great restaurant called “ La Scuderia ” , located in Palazzuolo, Italy. Their specialty was the house steak. It was cooked with LOADS of rosemary, olive oil and other herbs and spices and it was served rare on a HUGE platter. We all shared this dish and it just melted in your mouth.
** For more photos and what we ate at La Scuderia click here.
A few months after we came back home I pan fried some steak with olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper. Its not the same as the Italian steak we had, but its close enough that it was still enjoyable and reminds us of our last night there.
Here is a picture of the Italy Steak (and my hubby totally devouring it, ha ha)
The other night we had a friend over for dinner and I made this steak, along with roasted veggies and had a nice mixed green salad. It was very good, even if I do say so myself. Hope you give it a try and like it as well.
This is all ya need:
Olive oil (good quality oil...the greener the better)
dried rosemary leaves
dried ground rosemary (I grid dried rosemary in a mill)
In a skillet heat Olive oil and add steak (flip over to cover with oil). Sprinkle each piece of oiled steak with ground rosemary, dried rosemary leaves, salt and pepper and flip to repeat on the other side. Cook on med/low til the meat is cooked to your liking. Add more salt and pepper if needed.
This time around I added a bit of "I can't believe its not butter" and some more olive oil and tossed in sliced mushrooms. I sauteed them until soft, salted to taste and poured the mushrooms and pan juices over steak and served. It was really great!