Based on a dish you’ll find in many Rio de Janeiro restaurants, this recipe uses few ingredients but packs a lot of bold flavor. If your garlic has a green sprout growing in the center (the "germ"), be sure to remove it, because it will impart a bitter flavor to the final dish.
Peel the garlic cloves and smash them with the side of a chef’s knife. Sprinkle the garlic lightly with salt and mince it.
Pat the steak dry and season generously on both sides with salt and pepper. In a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Add the steak and brown well on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium rare. Transfer the steak to a plate and let rest while you make the garlic butter.
In an 8-inch skillet, melt the butter over low heat. Add the garlic and cook, swirling the pan frequently, until lightly golden, about 4 minutes. Lightly salt to taste.
Slice the steak, if you like, and transfer to 4 plates. Spoon the garlic butter over the steak, sprinkle with the parsley, and serve.
Serve with something that would also benefit from a hit of garlic, such as spinach or mashed potatoes.
nutrition information (per serving):
33, Fat Calories
290, Saturated Fat
36, Monounsaturated Fat
2, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips