Combine the dried porcini mushrooms
and chicken stock
in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn the heat off and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Pull the mushrooms out of the liquid, reserving the stock, letting any grit from the mushrooms settle to the bottom of the saucepan. Slice the mushrooms into strips and set aside.
Thoroughly pat the steaks dry with a paper towel. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat until very hot, about 3 minutes. Drizzle
a light coating of oil over each side of steak. Sprinkle the steaks generously with salt and pepper. Insert an instant read digital thermometer into the side of one of the steaks, set it to sound its alarm at 100 degrees F. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil into the pan, this helps create a great crust
on the steaks.
Place the steaks in the pan, leaving room in between each steak. Cook the steaks without moving for 3 minutes. Using tongs, flip the steaks and cook until the thermometer goes off, about another 4 minutes for rare, 5 minutes for medium-rare and 6 minutes for medium. Remove the steaks to a plate and cover loosely with foil. Let the steaks rest for at least 5 minutes while making the pan sauce.
After removing the steaks from the skillet, add the porcini mushrooms, garlic and shallots
. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the Marsala
wine and the reserved mushroom liquid, being careful to let any grit stay in the bottom of the pan. Bring the sauce to a boil and reduce by half. Turn off the heat and whisk
in the butter until it is melted and sauce has thickened. Add the thyme and season with salt and pepper.
Spoon sauce over steaks, top with the chopped chives
. Serve immediately with the Potato Fennel