A friend sent me that hysterical Buzzfeed article highlighting Martha Stewart’s horrific food photos. Oh, how I laughed. Oh, how I judged.
Oh, how I wish I had read it after going through my Grilled Skirt Steak with Black Pepper Butter photos.
I read it before I even took the steak out of the fridge, so all that judgement flowed through me like a nice pinot noir. Oh, Martha, you should know better. Look! The Queen of Domesticity takes bad food photos. Man, I wish someone would take away her camera. She makes food look like pig slop. HA. HA. HA.
Later, as I perused my steak photos, I had a brief nightmare sequence in which I was the unfortunate subject of a Buzzfeed article. Martha Stewart could retaliate. I could be the butt of food photography jokes. A lesson in what not to do. A member of a ‘Not Top 10’ list.
But the lingering euphoria from the steak + black pepper butter made me put on my biggest of big girl panties, briefly cast away my insecurity, and decide that hey, even if my photos end up in some viral Buzzfeed article or grace the pages of Martha’s biting retort in the next ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ all press is good press!!! I’ve always wanted to be in print!! HA, Martha. Joke’s on you, girl.
The great irony is that while butter on steak might be one of the world’s most unattractive food photos, it’s some of the world’s most drop-dead-amazing food. I already professed my love to the steak + butter combo in this post (spoiler alert: Grilled Skirt Steak with Garlic Butter). This one is even better. Think about how much steak loves salt and pepper. Think about how much you love butter. Combine all that beautiful love by seasoning your steak with salt and pepper, then topping it with butter infused with salt and pepper.
So simple. So, so perfect.
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 lbs skirt steak
- Prepare grill on high heat. Mix butter, 1 teaspoon pepper, and ½ teaspoons kosher salt in a small bowl; set aside.
- Season steak with kosher salt and pepper. Grill approximately 3 minutes per side for medium to medium rare steak. Let rest 5 minutes, slice very thinly against the grain, then top each serving with dollop of pepper butter. Watch it melt over the hot steak. OMG.