Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Café de Paris butter – it has the next Food on Friday ingredient in it – can you work out what it is?

Cafe de Paris butter on steak

I made this Café de Paris butter as an instant tasty sauce for steak.  It isn't a French recipe despite its name.  It goes back to the 1940's where a restaurant called Café de Paris in Switzerland invented it.  This recipe makes quite a lot of this flavoured butter but it does freeze well and then you can just slice some off whenever you need it.

There are a lot of ingredients:

60g shallots, diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
Pinch of dried marjoram, dill, thyme, rosemary, paprika, curry powder and cayenne pepper.
1 tsp of ground pepper
15g capers
25g fresh parsley
25g fresh chives
4 anchovy fillets, roughly chopped
1 tbsp brandy
1 tbsp port
15g Dijon mustard
3 tbsp tomato sauce (ketchup)
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp lemon juice
Zest of one small lemon and orange
500g of butter

I suggest you put the anchovies in even if you think you don't like them – the end result doesn't taste fishy and it does add a depth of flavour.

You put all of this (except the butter) together in a bowl, cover it and leave it to marinate overnight on the kitchen bench.

Cafe de Paris butter

Then the following day, cut your butter up into cubes.  Blend your herb mix and then add the butter gradually so you get an even mix.

Cafe de Paris Butter ready to go into the fridge

Once it has been combined roll it in plastic wrap into a cylinder and twist the ends like a Christmas cracker.  Refrigerate/freeze until needed.

When you have cooked your steak just pop some slices of this butter on top.  The heat of the cooked steak will melt the butter and it will look and taste great.

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  1. I love butter on steak. Sounds wrong but it's so right. Never tried making Cafe de Paris butter though but I LOVE anchovies so might just do so!

  2. This looks delicious and I am CERTAIN Louis Dean would LOVE it!!! I am not that adventuresome a cook. More than 5 ingredients and I get dizzy......

  3. Butter and steak..a great combo :) It looks delicious..thank you for sharing it at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!


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