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'True Blood' Joe Manganiello gets bloodthirsty for steak recipes on 'The Chew'

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What does a werewolf eat? If that werewolf is on "True Blood" and played by beefcake actor Joe Manganiello, the answer is steak - and a lot of it. In that vein, Joe visited "The Chew" cooking show on Dec. 5 to dish up his diet wisdom and show off his kitchen chops.

Looking like the original "Odd Couple," chiseled Joe and cherubic Mario Batali talked about Joe's new diet and fitness book: "Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You've Always Wanted" (click for details).

Joe dished on his belief that cutting carbohydrates is critical for results. By reducing starchy and sugary foods and boosting high protein foods, Joe believes that anyone can get results. The mental aspect is critical, though, according to Joe. His book also highlights the role of fitness and planning diet portions carefully: Read a complete review of his book by clicking here.

Co-host of "The Chew," Daphne Oz pointed out that Joe used to be a high school "weakling." By following his own program, he developed the buffed, ripped physique that he proudly showed off on the show.

Mario and Joe talked about what they do have in common: Their Italian heritage, which includes diet favorites. And that's where the Joe-approved featured dish came in. Protein-rich steak Fiorentina is one of the most popular dishes in Italy, and Joe helped Mario show off what's involved in the following recipe.

Mario Batali's Steak Fiorentina Ingredients

  • 1 T-bone Steak (2 inches thick)
  • Salt
  • freshly cracked Black Pepper
  • 2 sprigs Rosemary
  • 3 sprigs Thyme
  • 1/2 bunch Sage
  • Olive Oil


Preheat cast iron pan over medium-high. Preheat oven to broil. Season steak generously with salt and pepper. Tie the herbs together with kitchen twine to form a brush. Dip the herbs in olive oil and brush the steak on both sides.

Place the steak into the pan and sear for 6 to 7 minutes or until deeply caramelized. Flip and cook for 2 more minutes. Toss the herb bundle into the pan and transfer to the oven for 10 minutes for a medium-rare steak.

Remove from oven and allow steak to rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes before slicing.



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