Perfectly pan seared steak topped with decadent blue cheese compound butter .. the perfect steak dinner made right in your own kitchen!!
You just licked your lips a little bit, didn’t you?
Steak! Meat! Beef! (grunt.. grunt.. grunt!!) Unless you are a vegetarian, at some point in life you have experienced the true overwhelming pleasure that can only come from the perfect bite of a perfectly cooked steak. Tender, flavorful, juicy with just a bite of black pepper .. I’ll tell you what, just typing those words is making my mouth water.
But having the perfect steak and making the perfect steak are two very different conversations, my friends. As I settled into a normal, happy relationship I had to start branching out from ramen noodles, boxed macaroni and cheese and calling for take out. I had this …. man … and he didn’t want little pizzas made on English muffins … he liked things like cheeseburgers, lasagna and yes, STEAK!!
So I started with baby steps. I started watching the Food Network (you’ve heard of them, right?) and I started learning a bit about the different cuts of meat. I studied seasoning and cooking temperatures and the who, what, where, when, why of cooking the perfect steak. I was TV educated, I had notes, I was ready.
No. Just… no! Shoe leather would be more desirable than the steaks that were coming to my dining room table. And I have to give credit where it is due, Big Scary Mike was a trooper, he endured them all. There really is something to be said for over complicating a simple process. Absolutely, grilling is the way to go but if you do not have a grill or live in an apartment where you aren’t allowed to grill or are like me and are afraid of that great fire beast, then you have to know there are other alternatives.
A) Grill Pan
B) 450 degree oven
I do have to point out the one drawback of searing steak in your house.. smoke. My neighbors always know when it’s steak night due to the billowing clouds of (delicious) smoke wafting out of my first floor windows. My advice? Buy a fan because this steak is totally worth it!!
Also, do not miss the recipe for my Twice Baked Potatoes. There is nothing that goes better with this Oven Grilled Pan Seared Steak than those sinful little ‘tators!!
PS.. the Blue Cheese Compound Butter is an add on. It’s amazing and adding it to my recipe for steak was pure genius on my part because it’s honestly the only steak I have ever eaten without using steak sauce. I’m a huge fan of steak sauce so me willingly leaving that off should tell how how delightful it is. But with the Compound Butter or without, this steak recipe will be your go-to from now on, I promise!!