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Grilled prime rib steak with cannellini beans and red wine sauce

Grilled prime rib steak with cannellini beans and red wine sauce
Los Angeles Times

Campanile's menu changes just about every day, depending on what's in season at the farmers market. But the one dish that's been starring on the menu since Day One is prime rib. Executive chef Mark Peel is born to grill. ... Read more

Total time: 3 hours | Serves 4

Cannellini beans

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 smoked ham hock or 1/4 pound slab bacon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4-5 cups chicken stock or a mixture of half stock and half water
  • 1 cup dried cannellini beans, rinsed
  • Coarse salt
  • Cracked pepper

Step 1Warm the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed stockpot over low heat. Cook the onion with the garlic, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

Step 2Add the ham hock or slab bacon, vinegar, 2 cups of the stock and the beans. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently, barely bubbling, until the beans are tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours, adding stock or water as needed to keep the beans covered. Skim any foam that rises to the top. Gently stir the beans once every 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3Remove the ham hock or bacon and bay leaf. Allow the ham hock or bacon to cool. Using your fingers, separate the meat from the fat and the bone, shred the meat and add to the beans. Or, cut the bacon into one-quarter-inch dice and add to the beans.


  • 1 anchovy filet, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup pitted black Kalamata or Nicoise olives
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • Cracked pepper

Step 1Using a mortar and pestle, grind the anchovy, lemon and orange zests and the garlic into a paste. Add the olives and grind into a paste. Fold in the olive oil, lemon juice and basil and season to taste with pepper. (This makes about one-half cup; reserve the remaining tapenade for another use.)

Red wine sauce

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup ruby Port
  • 2 cups veal stock or other stock
  • Coarse salt

Step 1Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook the shallots and pepper until the shallots become lightly colored, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the wine and Port and cook until reduced by three-fourths, about 15 minutes. Add the stock and reduce the sauce until it thinly coats the back of a spoon, about 20 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh, stainless-steel strainer into a clean, medium saucepan and season to taste with salt. Keep warm over very low heat.


  • 4 (10- to 12-ounce) prime rib-eye steaks, 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 1/4 cup cracked pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 ounces bitter greens, such as mustard greens, arugula or kale, tough stems removed

Step 1Heat the grill on medium-high.

Step 2Sprinkle one side of the steaks with half the pepper and salt and press firmly to adhere the seasoning to the meat. Turn the steaks and repeat on the other side.

Step 3Grill the steaks about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare, about 5 minutes for medium. Allow the steaks to rest in a warm spot for 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 4Warm the cannellini beans in a medium saucepan over medium heat until heated through, about 10 minutes, adding up to 1 cup of stock if the beans appear too dry. Add the bitter greens, stirring briefly until the greens just wilt, about 5 minutes longer.

Step 5Spoon about one-half cup of the beans with a few greens onto the center of each of 4 large, warm plates. Spread a very thin layer (about 1 teaspoon) of the tapenade over each cooked steak and, using a very sharp knife, cut the steaks into slices of no more than one-half-inch thick. Place the sliced steak next to the beans. Spoon about one-fourth cup of red wine sauce around each portion of steak and serve immediately.

Note: Look for frozen veal stock at well-stocked supermarkets and specialty stores. Almond and olive woods create a gentler smokiness than many other hardwoods or charcoal.


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