February 25, 2021

Valentine’s Day is Sunday. According to Zagat, the number 1 most popular cuisine on VDay is Italian, followed by French, Seafood and number four is steak. Here are two of my favorites:

Rib Eye Steaks with Gorgonzola Cowboy Butter
Cowboy Butter:
2 sticks salted butter, softened
¼ cup Gorgonzola crumbles
1/3 cup finely minced fresh parsley, plus more if needed
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
A couple of turns of freshly ground pepper
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 lemon, zested and halved
Kosher salt, to taste
Steaks:
Garlic salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 rib eye steaks, 2 inches thick
For the cowboy butter: Well in advance, make the cowboy butter. Place the softened butter in a bowl and mix with a hand mixer. Whip the butter until it’s fluffy. Add the Gorgonzola, parsley, red pepper flakes, black pepper, garlic, lemon zest and the juice of half the lemon. Mix it until it’s totally combined, scraping the sides as needed. Taste and add more ingredients as needed to your liking.
After the butter is well combine, lay out some plastic wrap and lay out the butter in the middle of the plastic wrap. Wrap the butter tightly in the form of a log and twist the ends. Put the butter log in the fridge to set up until you cook the steaks.
For the steaks: Preheat your grill on high. Sear the steaks on both sides, but do not burn them. There’s a fine line between seared and burnt. Lower the grill to medium and cook the steaks to your desired doneness. Flip the steaks as needed as to not char them too much. I pull mine when the internal temp is about 135 degrees. On the final flip, put a couple of pats of your compound butter on top of the steaks to melt.
Pull the steaks and top them with more butter if you like. Loosely cover the steaks with foil and let them rest for 5 minutes. Enjoy!
Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Blue Cheese Onion Sauce
4 rib eye steaks (about 8 ounces each)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 stick softened butter
1 large yellow onion, sliced
1 cup heavy cream
3 to 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
Preheat the grill to a high heat or light your outdoor grill.
Sprinkle the steaks with salt and pepper and smear both sides of the steaks with 1/2 stick of the butter.
Grill the steaks until medium-rare, 3 to 4 minutes per side, and then remove from the heat and keep warm.
Melt the remaining 1/2 stick of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and then saute the onions until golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes. Pour in the cream, a dash of salt and pepper and the Worcestershire sauce. Let it bubble up, then add the blue cheese and stir together to melt, adding more pepper or Worcestershire sauce as you wish.
Place the steaks on plates and spoon the sauce over the top. Serve with sauteed mushrooms and asparagus, if you like.
Steak with gorgonzola butter
Steak with blue cheese onion sauce

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