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Friday, January 7, 2011

Beer & Blue Cheese Steak Sauce

   You will often hear me say " A great steak doesn't need anything but salt and pepper".  A succulent new york striploin or juicy rib eye can usually stand alone with out the help of a sauce or rub of some sort.  The T bone that you sink your teeth into and voraciously gnaw on the bone afterwords is also fine left alone  but....
   Some times you just want to switch it up a little.  A bbq rub, a compound butter, a wine reduction or just about anything else you can think of to trick your taste buds into thinking  they are somewhere they haven't been before.  This all sounds fascinating but you just want to get your big steak off the grill and start chomping on it right? 
   All meat should me rested slightly after grilling to allow the juices to redistribute into it so that it maintains its wonderful moisture and tenderness.  It is in this short waiting period that you will have enough time to make this incredibly luscious sauce to smother your beautiful piece of meat.
This quick sauce transforms steak into steak!  When your steaks are resting they will leave some juices behind on the plate which are a key ingredient in this sauce.  The addition of this juice to some caramelized onions quickly braised in beer and smothered in a creamy, ooey , gooey, tangy blue cheese will have your next steak dinner doing a graceful ballroom dance on your taste buds.


Choose steaks of your preference for grilling
1 medium size onion, thinly sliced
1 beer ( I used a dark beer)
3 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese
1 Tbsp butter
Drippings from grilled, rested steaks
Salt and pepper as needed
Extra virgin olive oil
Rub steaks with olive oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place steaks on a hot grill and cook until medium rare.  Once cooked, set steaks on a plate cover gently with foil.
In a very hot cast iron skillet place sliced onion and butter, saute for 3 minutes stirring often.  Onions should begin to brown fairly quickly.
Remove steaks from covered plate and pour the leftover juices into the hot pan, stir and reduce 1 minute.
Pour 3/4 of the beer into the pan and let reduce for 2 minutes then turn heat off.  Drink remaining beer.
Add crumbled blue cheese and stir quickly until melted and creamy.  Add salt and pepper as needed.
Plate the steaks  and smother with the sauce.  Serve immediately
Add as much or as little as you like but I assure you, you will want to savor the sauce with every bite.

*** This sauce also works great with grilled chicken and pork***


Verdigris Vie said...

Mouth watering deliciousness.. I am coming over for steak !!


Pegasuslegend said...

my good god! This looks outstanding!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

OMG!! I want to be that steak with that luscious sauce poured all over :) Seriously that looks beyond amazing and oh so so SO good! Bookmarked this one Danny, my husband will be so glad that I did too!

whozyerdanny said...

Lol! Thank you ladies...I really am proud of this one..c'mon, group hug!

Rich Fletcher said...

Looks great Danny! The bigger pictures really do your food justice :)

Karen said...

Holy cow, this looks scrumptious! I love blue cheese with steak. I hope I can remember this next time we grill.

Wine 'N Dine said...

This looks amazing, I'll be making it for Valentine's Day dinner. The photos jump right off the page. Thanks Danny.

Stacye said...

Do you think a Guinness would work for the beer? What kind of beer did you use?

Thanks! Stac

Stacye said...

This looks AMAZING! Do you think a Guinness would be okay for the beer? What kind did you use? Thanks!

whozyerdanny said...

Guiness would work just fine. I used Rikard's dark

Joan@chocolateandmore said...

You had me at blue Cheese, love it. Can't wait to give this a try. Pinned!


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