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!!
- 2 lbs Ribeye or NY Strip steak (or whatever cut you prefer) approximately 1 inch thick
- 2 tbl olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Blue Cheese Compound Butter
- 1 stick butter , softened
- 4 oz crumbled blue cheese
In a medium sized bowl combine the butter and blue cheese
Using a fork, mash the blue cheese into the butter until all is incorporated.. leaving chunks is ok
Spoon butter into a big pile on a foot long piece of plastic wrap
Fold the plastic wrap in half with the butter in the 'crease' and using your hand mold the butter into the shape of short, fat log
Pull the plastic wrap (gently) tightly in towards you to compact the butter into the log shape further
Roll the log up into the plastic wrap and twist the ends.. refrigerate immediately and for at least 3 hours before using.. the longer the better
Remove your steak from the refrigerator 30 minutes before you plan on cooking
Rub both sides of the meat with the olive oil and then generously salt and pepper both sides I do not put a measurement on this part as everyone has different dietary needs and taste preferences.. I will say that I heavily coat mine on both sides so where I can barely see the steak.. but that's just me
After 30 minutes, pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees and grab your grill pan or a heavy skillet large enough to hold both steaks. If you are not using cast iron, make sure your skillet will withstand 450 degrees as it will be transferred to the oven
Turn your oven burner (the large one) up to High,add your pan and let it come to full temperature
Add your steaks to your pan and sear for 2 minutes on each side
After the four minutes are done, transfer your pan to the oven and cook for an additional four minutes. This will give medium cooked steaks.. if you like your steaks a bit less done, remove a minute sooner and if you like your steaks a bit more done, keep in the oven for an extra minute
After the cook time is done, remove the pan and remove your steaks to a plate - cover loosely with tin foil and let sit for 10 minutes
Remove the Blue Cheese Compound Butter and unwrap .. slice into 1/4 inch medallions and add to the top of the steak.. let melt and enjoy!!