One of the best ways to enjoy steak is with a simple, yet flavourful accompaniment or side dish. This delicious butter with pesto-like flavours is equally good on meat or veggies.
Butter 125 ml (½ cup) soft butter, cubed 75 ml (5 tbsp) olive or avocado oil 60 ml (¼ cup) chopped fresh basil 1 clove garlic, crushed 50 ml grated pecorino cheese 15 ml (1 tbsp) finely grated lemon rind black pepper
Steak 4 x 200-300 g steaks of your choice, excess fat removed 30 ml (2 tbsp) olive or avocado oil salt, black pepper and lemon juice
Butter: Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend well together. Season with a good grind of black pepper. Or whisk everything together in a bowl and season. Spoon butter into a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a sausage. Cover with more plastic wrap and refrigerate or freeze until needed. Steak: Heat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Rub each steak with oil and fry steaks for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown for medium-done steaks. While frying, you will see as the meat changes colour and starts to cook. Season very lightly with salt, as the butter is already salty. Add black pepper and lemon juice to taste. For a rather thick steak, reduce the heat and cover with the lid for the last 3-5 minutes, if preferred. Allow the steak to rest for a few minutes before slicing it. Serve with a baked potato, salad or green veggie of your choice. Serve teaspoonfuls or thin slices of the basil butter with the steak and veggies. Store any leftover butter in the refrigerator (see tips).
Tip 1. The butter is delicious with veggies, pan-fried fish or chicken fillets. Stir it into warm pasta or fry eggs in it.