Joey Porterhouse Steaks with Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Here's the deal: I am very sorry that I am a full day late with this post. I made the steaks last night and ate before watching Sunday Night Football, but by the end of the game, I was too dang tired to write about the heartbreaking loss I had just witnessed. It's exhausting being a Steelers fan these days! To be honest, I don't think I've fully recovered yet. None the less, we stay strong and move on...

Game Bites
Week 3 - Chicago @ Pittsburgh

Last week I floated the idea of cutting this segment, and I think it's the right thing to do at this point in time. I won't go into detail over the entire 60 minutes, but I will share that Antonio Brown's TDs, Heath Miller's return and contributions by Polamalu and even Dwyer were highlights - however, hearing the "Let's go Bears" chant fill Heinz Field late in the fourth quarter was sickening.

Final Score: 40-23, CHI

SO, Rather than dwell on the Steelers' ongoing, on-field struggles, let's take a look at $Bill and Josh's trip to Pittsburgh for a home team double header: 

Pirates @ PNC Park in the afternoon...

then down the street for the Steelers @ Heinz Field at night! The Boyds mean business when it comes to supporting the Black and Gold - and apparently, so do a whole fleet of fans that had the same idea.

Josh getting photobombed by some Bears dingus. (That one is worth zooming in on just for Josh's facial expression.)

Only in the 'Burgh can you dine next to all six Super Bowl trophies before watching the game. 

Okay, this week's recipe title comes from a colleague of mine (he's a Giants fan, so we can commiserate over 0-3 starts to our respective seasons). I liked the pun and thought nothing could be a better Sunday Night Football dinner than a BIG, FAT STEAK named after big, mean linebacker, Joey Porter!

Oh yeah, thanks for my new Steelers apron, $Bill and Kathy!! I spy the Creative Director's reflection in the microwave...

When trying to come up with a side dish  other than the old standby mashed potaters, Kathy suggested I try a healthier option with garlic mashed cauliflower. To be honest, I was initially skeptical, but I thought the end result was way better than the usual potatoes! Look at those florets steam!

Joey Porterhouse Steaks with Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Cauliflower recipe adapted from Nom Nom Paleo

2 Porterhouse steaks
2 tbsp olive oil

For the rub
1/2 tbsp pepper
2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp cayenne

For the gravy
4-6 oz sliced mushrooms
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
12 oz beef stock
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste

For the cauliflower
1 large head cauliflower
5-6 cloves garlic, peeled
3 tbsp butter
salt and pepper to taste

Combine rub ingredients in a bowl. Place steaks in casserole dish and cover evenly with rub. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. 

Place large pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Clean and cut cauliflower into medium-sized florets. Place half cauliflower and all of garlic in a steamer tray, in the pot (I don't have one - I used a colander placed in the pot, over the boiling water). Salt liberally. After 5 minutes, add remaining cauliflower, salt again, then cover for 10-15 minutes. Remove steamer tray/colander, strain excess water, then place contents in food processor. Add butter and pepper, then mix on high for about 5 minutes or until smooth. Set aside in covered container. 

Melt butter in small sauce pan and add mushrooms. Cook for a few minutes over medium heat, then add beef stock and flour. Whisk together until combined and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, then add bay leaf and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, then cover and keep warm over low heat until ready to serve.

Remove steaks from refrigerator and bring to room temperature. Heat olive oil in grill pan over medium heat. Grill each steak about 5-8 minutes per side, to desired doneness. Serve with mushroom gravy and mashed cauliflower (and a bottle of your favorite porter)!

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