T-Bone Fiorentina with Sautéed Spinach
- ACTIVE: 40 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 20 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4 to 5
Mario Batali loves to drizzle giant, juicy T-bone steaks with a peppery olive oil just before serving.
- 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
- 1 tablespoon chopped sage
- 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- One 3 3/4-pound T-bone steak, about 3 inches thick
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 4 pounds fresh spinachstemmed, washed and dried
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 350° and preheat a grill pan. In a small bowl, combine the rosemary, sage and thyme with 2 tablespoons each of salt and pepper. Rub the steak with 2 tablespoons of the oil and then rub with the herb mixture. Grill the steak over moderately high heat until lightly charred all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a small roasting pan and roast for about 40 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest spot registers 120°. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
- Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of oil until smoking. Add the garlic and cook over high heat until lightly browned, about 20 seconds. Add the spinach in large handfuls and cook, tossing, until wilted, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the lemon juice. Serve the spinach with the steak.
A classic accompaniment to T-bone Fiorentina is one of the greatest wines of Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino, which combines tannic strength (ideal for a big steak) with profound depth of flavor.