When you think of steak, what comes to mind? While a handful of words may pop into your head, “Italian” is most likely not one of them. While we don’t always associate steak with Italian cuisine, it’s undeniable that Steak Florentine has become one of the most favored steak dishes in Tuscany and across the globe. As one of the stars of Tuscan cuisine, this Porterhouse steak is simply prepared and grilled rare over a wood fire.
A porterhouse steak combines two steaks that are very tender. These include the New York strip and the tenderloin. What connects the two is a T-shaped bone that gives it the classic shape we all recognize.
So, what’s the fuss all about? Steak Florentine is rich, savory and rare meat that’s among the most tender you can find.
What Should You Look For In The Perfect Steak Florentine?
If you were to travel to Italy and order a bistecca alla Fiorentina
, you’d get a steak made with Chianina beef. This breed of Tuscan cattle is known for its delicious and very flavorful meat. If you’re looking for an equally delicious steak in the US, look for choice or prime grade meat. The best Florentine steak will be about 3 to 4 fingers thick, as the Tuscans measure it. That measures out to be about 2 to 3 inches, so it’s meant to serve a few people.
How Do You Grill Your Bistecca alla Fiorentina?
This is the area that really sets this particular type of steak apart from the many others. For Steak Florentine, you always want to cook on high heat due to the thickness of the steak. Traditionally, it’s grilled with a nice crust on the outside and rare in the center for the perfect contrast. Always remember that Fiorentina-style steak is served al sangue,
or very rare, and you should never consider overcooking such a high-quality meat.
You’ll know your steak is done when you use a thermometer to cook it to the ideal temperature. Make sure when you push the thermometer into the steak, you’re hitting the center, or as close to it as possible. Keep in mind that your steak will keep cooking as it sits. Here is your quick cheat sheet for find the perfect temperature:
- Rare (Cool red center): 120F
- Medium Rare (Warm red center): 130F
- Medium (Warm pink center): 140F
When choosing a seasoning for this particular steak, think minimally. All you need is a little salt and pepper to really maximum the taste.
How Is Steak Florentine served?
It’s traditionally served family style, since it’s thickness allows it to serve a few people. When you are dining out, expect your meat to come nicely sliced and off of the bone. On the side, you may find that roasted potatoes or broccolini pair well.