Chef Zak Pelaccio is known for bold Malaysian-inspired recipes at his Fatty Crab restaurants in New York City. They will be included in his yet-untitled book, due out in 2012. He seasons even non-Asian dishes with Asian fish sauce in place of salt, because it adds an extra dimension of flavor—thus inspiring the steak and sautéed-mushroom recipe here.
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2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
2 large shallots, thinly sliced
2 pounds mixed mushrooms, such as cremini, oyster and shiitake, stemmed and
2 to 3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons chopped tarragon
2 tablespoons snipped chives
4 rib eye steaks, cut about 3/4 inch thick (about 10 ounces each)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter in the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the shallots and mixed mushrooms and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are browned and their liquid is evaporated, about 8 minutes. Add the fish sauce and cayenne and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tarragon and chives, cover and keep warm.
Preheat a grill pan. Brush the steaks with olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Grill over moderately high heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare meat. Transfer the steaks to plates. Top with the mushrooms and serve.
The cooked mushrooms can be refrigerated overnight. Reheat gently.
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County often has a dried plum or black-currant note, perfect with these earthy, deeply flavored steaks.
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