Beyond the Porterhouse
Underappreciated cuts of meat
By Aida Mollenkamp
1. Tri-Tip. Tri-tip was used only for ground meat until people discovered how tasty it is roasted. The cut usually comes in a two- or three-pound portion, making it ideal for an intimate dinner party. Try this low-fuss Harissa-Marinated Tri-Tip Roast to see what we mean.
2. Flank Steak. Minimal fat, almost no connective tissue, and a fibrous texture are what make this cut ideal for long marinating and quick cooking. The best-known preparation of flank steak is London broil, but we like it even better made into Carne Asada.
3. Skirt Steak. Like flank steak, skirt steak comes from the cow’s belly and is quick to cook. For a change of pace from fajitas, use it to make Oleana chef Ana Sortun’s delicious Grilled Skirt Steak with Caramelized Butter and Cumin.
4. Brisket. This is best cooked whole and extremely slowly. If you don’t have a barbecue in your backyard, try slow cooking it over the stove in this Braised Brisket with Beans and Ancho Chile recipe.
10. Heart. Some of the more adventurous parts of the animal, collectively known as offal, are also the best priced. Consider this Heart Tartare, Puttanesca Style recipe by offal aficionado Chris Cosentino the perfect jumping-off point.