Friday, February 26, 2010

Steakhouse Steaks

Sometime last year I saw Ina Garten making what she called a "steakhouse meal" and it looked absolutely incredible.  She made onion rings, sauteed mushrooms and filets; everything about that entire episode had me drooling.  I always love a good steak, but when you go out to a restaurant sometimes you're left still craving that good steak you went there to get.  I had a feeling this meal wouldn't leave me wishing or wanting for anything, other than more, and boy was I right.  Spencer and I spent the evening in the kitchen cooking this meal together, we had so much fun, and the end product was amazing.  The steaks were cooked to perfection; they were tender and juicy and I have never had a better tasting steak.  To top the steak she made a Roquefort chive sauce, and that was pure heaven in my mouth.  The sauce added a lot of flavor to the steak, and in my opinion, it complimented it perfectly.  We enjoyed these steaks so much when we made them last year, we decided that they would also make the perfect Valentine's meal this year! 

I don't know why I waited so long to make them again but I was hoped that our expectations wouldn't leave us wanting more once we had this meal again.  These steaks turned out just as good, if not better, than they did the first time.  They were just as tender and juicy as we remembered and it was a perfect selection for our Valentine's meal.  It is a really simple recipe that really makes a great meal.  I love the minimal amount of seasoning that is used on the steak, it doesn't cover up the natural flavor of the steak but just accentuates it.  These steaks would be just as good without the sauce as they are with it; but I will always opt for the sauce just because it is so good!

Steakhouse Steaks

Ingredients:

2 (10 oz) filet mignon

2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 Tbsp fleur de sel (I used Kosher salt)

1 Tbsp coarsely cracked black peppercorns

2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature, optional

Roquefort chive sauce, recipe below

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat, around 5 to 7 minutes. 

Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel, brush them lightly with the vegetable oil.  Combine the salt and pepper on a plate and roll the steaks in the mixture. 

Once the skillet is ready, sear steaks evenly on all sides, about two minutes on each side, for a total of 10 minutes.

Top each steak with butter, if using, and place the skillet in the oven.  Cooks steaks to desired wellness; 120 degrees for rare, 125 for medium-rare in an instant read thermometer.

Once steaks are done, remove to a serving platter and cover tightly with foil and allow them to rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes.  Serve hot with Roquefort chive sauce.

Roquefort Chive Sauce

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups heavy cream

2 oz French Roquefort cheese, crumbled

1/2 Tsp Kosher salt

1/4 Tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp chopped fresh chives

Directions:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring heavy cream to a boil.  Cook at a low boil, occasionally stirring, until the mixture has become thick and creamy, about 20 minutes.  Remove the pan from heat, add the cheese, salt, pepper and chives and whisk rapidly until the cheese melts.


Recipe Source: Food Network ,Barefoot Contessa

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