Gallery: Steakcraft: Ristorante Morini's Fiorentina for Two

The Ristorante Morini Fiorentina for Two ($129)
The Ristorante Morini Fiorentina for Two ($129)

Dry-aged Creekstone porterhouse, rosemary potatoes, braising greens, and bordelaise.

Chef and steak
Chef and steak

Chef Gordon Finn and the raw product.

The ingredients
The ingredients

Salt, pepper, olive oil, and fresh herbs for the marinade, along with a USDA Prime dry aged porterhouse.

Picking through the herbs
Picking through the herbs

The steak will marinate in a mix of rosemary, sage, and thyme.

Chopping herbs
Chopping herbs

The process is usually accomplished in a blender but Chef Finn wanted to show us how you can do it without one.

Chopping garlic
Chopping garlic
Chopping herbs and garlic
Chopping herbs and garlic

Chef Finn finely dices the herb and garlic mixture.

Waiting steak
Waiting steak

Finn dices and chops while the porterhouse patiently waits.

Pepper
Pepper

Finn adds pepper to the bowl.

Salt
Salt

And a generous amount of salt.

Olive oil
Olive oil

The mixture is finished with olive oil.

Working the pesto
Working the pesto

Finn works the olive oil into the mixture. Again, this is usually accomplished with a blender.

Applying marinade to the steak
Applying marinade to the steak

Chef Finn applies a generous amount of the mix to the steak.

Full coverage
Full coverage

Finn works the mix into the steak.

Mass production
Mass production

Porterhouses ready for vacuum sealing. Note that the marinade when prepared with a blender is much finer than the hand-chopped version.

Into the bag
Into the bag

The porterhouse is placed in a bag for vacuum sealing.

Preparing to seal
Preparing to seal

Two steaks are placed in each bag.

Sealed
Sealed

Vacuum-sealing ensures high contact between the meat and the marinade.

Cooling log
Cooling log

Many of the proteins at Ristorante Morini are vacuum sealed. The cooling temperature is meticulously monitored to ensure food safety.

Steaks in bag
Steaks in bag

The porterhouses will stay in the bag for 4 days.

Four days later...
Four days later...

After four days the steaks are ready to be cooked.

The marinated steak
The marinated steak

The porterhouse is ready for searing on the grill.

Pepper
Pepper

The steak is seasoned with fresh ground black pepper.

A flurry of salt
A flurry of salt

More kosher salt is added to the steak.

Onto the grill
Onto the grill

The steak is seared on a gas/lava rock grill.

Flare up
Flare up

The grill is hot enough to quickly mark the steaks.

Flipping the steak
Flipping the steak

It doesn't take long to sear the steak.

Finish in the oven
Finish in the oven

The steak is brought to temperature in a 350° oven.

Rested and ready
Rested and ready

The steak is rested for around 15 minutes after being finished in the oven. "We tell people that it takes at least 45 minutes" advises Finn. The steak is 44 oz. and needs to rest to allow the internal juices to redistribute. The steak is presented whole to the table and then whisked back to the kitchen for slicing.

Chef Finn with the finished steak
Chef Finn with the finished steak

Once presented to the table whole, the steak is sliced in the kitchen.

Removing the strip loin
Removing the strip loin

Chef Finn separates the strip loin from the bone.

Removing the tenderloin
Removing the tenderloin

Next Finn removes the tenderloin.

Slicing the steak
Slicing the steak

The steak is sliced into strips.

Finish with salt
Finish with salt

A final sprinkle of salt and the dish is ready for the guests.

The finished steak
The finished steak