Richly marbled ButcherBox Pork Butt, usually destined for low and slow cooking, is sliced and seared on high for a steak-like meal that’s similar to cooking a pork chop, but more forgiving if you overcook it. The salad of peppery crunch from radishes and creamy white beans, tossed in a vinaigrette with lemon prepared two ways, rounds this out into a meal that’s bound to lift you out of any wintery blues. This recipe calls for using about half the pork butt you’ll receive in your box, which just means you’ll get to cook this twice and practice your knife skills or use the other half for whatever you desire.
- 1 2 pound) chunk ButcherBox Pork Butt (about ½ a ButcherBox Pork Butt)
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tsp 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
- 2 bunches radishes (about 12 small to medium radishes), trimmed of their greens
- 2 14-ounce cans white beans, such as butter or cannellini, drained
- 2 lemons, 1 halved and 1 sliced thinly and seeds discarded
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped, plus more for serving
- 2 oil-packed anchovies, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely grated
- Few handfuls of arugula
- Preheat the oven to 425º F. With a sharp knife, slice the pork butt into 4 to 5 steaks that are roughly the same size, about 6 to 8 ounces each. Don’t worry about them being perfect or evenly sliced; they should just be similarly sized. Season them with salt, pepper and the fennel seeds. Set aside.
- Make the white bean salad by slicing the radishes thinly and adding to a large bowl with the white beans. Squeeze the halved lemons into the bowl, toss in the 1 tablespoon oregano, anchovy and garlic. Season with salt then pour the olive oil over. Set aside.
- Heat the canola oil in a large (12-inch diameter) skillet over high heat. Once hot, carefully place the pork steaks in, pressing them down firmly with tongs. Sear and cook like so, undisturbed, until a golden brown crust has formed, about 6 minutes. Turn the steaks over, arrange the lemon slices in between, turn off the heat and transfer the skillet to the oven. Roast the steaks until cooked through (145º F with an instant read thermometer stuck into the middle of thickest piece). Turn off the oven and transfer steaks to serving plates.
- Carefully (the handle will be hot!) bring the skillet back over medium heat on the stovetop. Sizzle the lemon slices, turning and tossing them frequently until browned and caramelized, then add to the bowl with the beans.
- Toss the arugula into the bean salad, spoon salad over the pork steaks and serve immediately.
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