If you’ve ever been to Eataly, Mario Batali’s Italian grocery store on 5th Avenue here in New York, there’s a good chance you’ll have noticed their rotisserie prime rib in the back corner of the store, it always smells so good and I was keen to try and come up with a rub that would make steaks or a roast taste as good as that smell. That’s where the idea for this came from. I had to experiment with amounts, but I’m really very happy with the outcome.
Porcini Salt Rub
Makes 1/2 cup, enough for 4 large steaks
1/2 oz of dried porcini mushrooms
1.5 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon of kosher or sea salt
1 teaspoon of black truffle salt (optional)
Pulse the dried porcini’s and the brown sugar in a spice grinder or food processor, pour what you have into a container, add the salt, put the lid on and give it a good shake. It’s now ready to use just sprinkle it liberally on your meat – Melani (& Lorna)