CNYEats A Taste of Utica Steak Butter

by Joanne on March 21, 2010

I am not a steak eater but let me tell you this recipe is excellent! Had it tonight and even decided to fry the steaks in it.  Cannot tell you how much we all loved it.  Thanks for sharing – Carol


This weeks recipe is posted by Chris and the above comment must have been by Carol to Chris as she tested the recipe which can be found on page 43 of our book A Taste of Utica


Apple Crumbles missed the boat, so to speak, on this recipe.  In the ingredient list is an item called “Maggi Liquid Seasoning”.   I wasn’t quite sure what it was or where to find it.  After a thorough scan through the aisles in the grocery store without much success, I searched on line for an appropriate substitution and came across this post all about Maggi Seasoning,  Eat Drink NB Merry.


It’s no wonder the Maggi seasoning makes the meat taste good, it contains MSG, or Monosodium Glutamate.  I’m not a fan of MSG and if I use an ingredient that contains it, which I try not to, I always add less than what is called for.  Some people have sensitivity to MSG such as severe headaches or digestive discomfort after consumption. 


This is the recipe for STEAK BUTTER with the Apple Crumbles substitutions indicated.


  • 10 oz margarine, softened AC:  Promise Healthy Heart Substitute, I used 2 sticks.
  • 5 oz butter, softened
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 TBS minced fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 TBS “Maggi Liquid Seasoning” AC: 1 tsp Liquid Smoke and 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp MSG (the MSG may be omitted; increase the “Maggi Liquid” to 2 TBS).  AC:  I didn’t use MSG.

Place the margarine and butter in a bowl and blend with a whisk.  Whisk in the green onions and parsley.

In a separate small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients.  Slowly whisk this into the butter mixture; cover and store refrigerated. 

For Ted, I used the Steak butter on 1/2 lb of Eye Round Sandwich Steaks.   The meat was topped with 1 TBS of Steak butter and left to rest for 20 minutes covered at room temperature.  The stove top grill was heated on high and 2 TBS of Steak butter was added to the grill pan.  The steaks were cooked 1 1/2 minutes per side.

Ted was thrilled with the flavor.



Kathy’s memories of her childhood in Utica… (a quote at the bottom of page 43)

When I was little, probably till I was 13, we lived on the 900 block of Bleecker.  First on 942 and later at 928.  My mother used to send me to Joe’s with a pot and cover to get her either tripe or mushroom stew.  I always thought it was disgusting, until I grew up.  Those were the days.

As for this vegetarian, I agree with the 13 year old Kathy (if you know what I mean)   Thank goodness Ted enjoys the occasional meat dish so we can continue to test the recipes from Taste of Utica.


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