Board DressingSteven Raichlen
Photo by Simon Wheeler
Once I have grilled a piece of meat, I want to capture the flavors of the delicious juices that emerge on the cutting board when I slice it and then build upon them, so I make what I call a board dressing. I often add some olive oil, or some of the rendered fat trimmings from the baste, or perhaps a little balsamic vinegar, to the juices.
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Sea or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Herb Basting Brush (see step 2)
Step 1: Combine extra-virgin olive oil, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. You can improvise here, adding grated shallots or garlic (use a Microplane), finely chopped chiles, chopped scallions, and/or other chopped herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, and sage.
Step 2: The secret flavorful last ingredient is the tip of the herb basting brush, chopped very fine and mixed into the dressing. (Find out more about the Herb Basting Brush.) After being in contact with the hot meat while it cooked, the rosemary, sage, or thyme will have softened a bit and released some aromatic and flavorful oils. I mix the herbs into the board dressing, then slice the meat, turning each slice in the dressing to coat. Then I pour the resulting board juices over the meat when I serve it.