6 years ago

Pan-Roasted Porterhouse Steak with Creamy White Beans

The trick to this deliciously tender steak dinner is all in the technique: Searing the meat, allowing it to rest and finishing it in the oven allows the tasty juices to remain in the meat while the heat migrates slowly toward the center.

2-3 servings
Preparation time: 45 minutes

1 porterhouse steak (about 1 ½ pound and 1 ¼ to 1 ½ inches thick), patted dry
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for serving
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
For the creamy white beans:  
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 leek, white portion only, rinsed and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced  
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon kosher salt  
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary


  1. Rub both sides of the steak with the 1 tablespoon olive oil. Let stand at room temperature for 1 to 1 ½ hours. 
  2. Heat a large, ovenproof fry pan over high heat until it is very hot, about 3 minutes. 
  3. Season one side of the steak generously with salt. 
  4. Add enough olive oil to the pan to coat the bottom and reduce the heat to medium-high. When the oil is shimmering, use tongs to place the steak, salted side down, in the pan, and cook without moving the steak for 2 ½ minutes. 
  5. Season the top with salt, turn the steak over and season with pepper. Cook for 2 ½ minutes more. 
  6. Transfer the steak to a rack set over a plate, and let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. 
  7. Meanwhile, make the creamy white beans. In a fry pan over medium-low heat, warm 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the leek and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. 
  8. Add the garlic, stir once and remove from the heat. 
  9. In a food processor, combine the beans, the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, the lemon juice, salt and a few grinds of pepper and process until smooth. 
  10. Stir the bean mixture into the leeks and add the cream, parsley and rosemary. Place over medium-low heat until warmed through. 
  11. Heat an oven to 425 F. 
  12. Return the steak to the pan, place in the oven and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the steak, away from the bone, registers 130 to 135 F for medium-rare, about 12 minutes, or until done to your liking. 
  13. Transfer the steak to the rack and let rest, uncovered, for 5 to 8 minutes. 
  14. Cut the sirloin away from the bone on one side and the filet section on the other. Cut across the grain into thick slices. Arrange on plates. Serve immediately with the creamy white beans, passing olive oil at the table for drizzling.

Recipe source: Williams-Sonoma