Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Dad Food: Coffee Rubbed Ribeye with Chipotle Butter

Pin It Lo’s dad is a purist when it comes to steak.  He prefers his ribeyes seasoned plainly – just a bit of salt, pepper, and a dash of garlic—and grilled to a perfectly medium rare.  

The method relies upon impeccably fresh, quality ingredients and a careful hand when grilling.  And it yields a perfectly delicious result.

So, while it’s true that good steaks do not need much in the way of embellishment, we’ve found that quality steaks are also every bit as delicious when they've been gussied up a bit.  

And so, yes -- we are fans of the simple mushroom pan sauce, the classic Bearnaise, and even the occasional dousing of steak sauce.

But, when we really want to do it up right, we actually look to a really simple trick - compound butter.   Traditionally referred to as Maître d'Hôtel butter, compound butter was first seen in restaurants, and probably mistaken for a far more complex flavoring than it really is... and, believe it or not, it's a trick that's also likely to work on your own dinner guests. 

In this case, a simple butter made from chipotle peppers and their adobo sauce complements a sweet, yet slightly bitter, coffee rub that blooms in the presence of the smoky jalapeno flavor.  

You've got a ton of flavor all in one place, and as an added bonus, the seasoned butter guarantees you a piece of beef that just melts in your mouth... even if you happen to overcook your steak a little bit.  

We’re fairly sure this recipe will win over even the fussiest of dads. And it's perfect for your 4th of July celebration... or any grill-fest you happen to be hosting this summer.

Coffee Rubbed Ribeye with Chipotle Butter

And, since the butter freezes well, why not make a double batch? Pop one in the refrigerator and one in the freezer for later.

Get more delicious compound butter recipes over at Basic Compound Butter Recipe | Leite's Culinaria 

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  1. Love chipotle butter. So simple and so delicious! Thanks for the reminder. I am going to have try this coffee-rub though.

  2. That would make my dd & my husband happy for sure!

  3. Hi there. This week's Food on Friday is all about rubs and marinades as a way of preparing food for cooking. So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.


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