First grilled outdoors and then finished on the stove-top, this Tagliata Rib-eye Steak with Olive Oil, Garlic and Herbs is quite simply the best.
When I notice that Easter is this Sunday on my calendar, I admit I’m a bit shocked. Still, it’s true and while a bit late for me to share, this Tagliata Rib-eye Steak is not your standard fare and it’s so easy and beyond delicious. Be gone ham and lamb…there’s a rib-eye in town!
Rib-eye is the only cut of beef I use for this recipe; they can be a luxury but I was lucky to have some still packaged in my freezer from a local farmer friend and I knew immediately when I saw them that I had to make this Tagliata Rib-eye Steak. It’s almost as easy as grilling them but the extra step is so worth the trouble; this dish is truly magnificent.
The year I first published this post, I had broken my leg in February of the previous year and I was in the middle of a long and difficult recuperation. As I was beginning to become more mobile and able to blog again, I received a gift of this amazing olive oil from Lael and Giuliano Hazan.
Lael wrote, “Giuliano and I are often asked, “How do you choose an olive oil? Which ones do you like best? What does “extra” mean? How can you be a very virgin? Extra virgin refers to olive oil that has no more than aa 0.8% acidity level and comes from the first cold pressing of the olives.”
“Giuliano and I import our own line of extra virgin olive oil from Apulia, where the spur and heel of Italy’s boot is. It is made from 100% Ogliarola olives, Apulia’s most prized varietal.”
I decided to do my own taste test between this product and what I normally used to see if I could really notice a difference. The color of the oils were very similar but the taste? Let’s just say that I hid my cache. I thought of giving a bottle to each of my girls but I rethought that decision; I wasn’t sure they would appreciate it quite enough.
That was a long time ago but I just discovered the last bottle in my cupboard and I’m so hoping that the years will have been kind! I love the bottle too; the label is beautiful with an embossed gold logo. I have a thing about bottles; wine and otherwise.
I have wine bottles throughout my living space interspersed with olive oil bottles and I imagine my home an Italian villa, a very small one in a Denver suburb, but still…; it’s my fantasy.
I do not buy the fact that I’m Swiss, German, English and Irish. I just know someone stole away one night to Italy, had a tryst and my heritage surely includes a touch of Italian. My excitement at this prize could hardly be contained and I wanted to make something that would really make the olive oil shine and not hide it in a big dish with a bunch of big flavors.
So I went to the source. I asked Lael, who conferred with her husband Giuliano (aren’t I special?) and they suggested this dish. So simple. So amazing. So utterly Italian. So me. So delicious. So perfect. Enough?
I admit the beef industry would be in trouble if I were the norm. I love chicken and seafood and limit my red meat intake to the occasional flank steak or burger. Each time I enjoy this amazing steak I think that must change.
A rib-eye steak is already such a tender and juicy cut and certainly over embellishing it would be sacrilege. This is not that. After grilling it outside just a bit short of rare, the meat is brought inside to rest where it is then sliced on the diagonal and briefly immersed in a warm olive oil, sea salt, garlic, parsley and rosemary sauté. It was heavenly. It is heavenly.
It is definitely a dish perfect for a holiday meal and it’s SO easy too. There is no need for the preparation and long roasting often associated with many holiday dishes and yet this would outshine most of them any day. As a matter of fact over the years, it has become our have to have on Christmas Eve.
I don’t know about you but I’m ready for grilling even if there is snow, and this Rib-eye with Olive Oil, Garlic and Herbs let’s you get your grill on while still serving a dish that is perfect for your fanciest china. Try it, you’ll see!
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Tagliata Rib-eye Steak
- 1 - 2 medium garlic cloves
- 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 5-6 sprigs flat leaf Italian parsley
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 boneless rib-eye steaks cut about 1 1/4 inches thick (about 2 1/2 pounds total weight)
- Preheat a charcoal or gas grill.
- Peel and finely chop the garlic. Finely chop enough parsley leaves to measure about 2 tablespoons and enough rosemary to measure 1 tablespoon. Set aside.
- Generously sprinkle sea salt and black pepper on both sides of the steaks. Grill for about 4-5 minutes on each side for rare steak, bearing in mind that after it is sliced, the meat will be briefly exposed to heat in the skillet.
- Put the olive oil, garlic, parsley, and rosemary in a large skillet. Place over medium high heat and sauté until the garlic begins to sizzle, then lower the heat to low. While the garlic and herbs are sautéing, transfer the steaks to a cutting board and cut on a bias into 1/4” slices.
- After you have turned the heat under the skillet down to low, add the sliced steak and toss until it is well coated. Serve at once.