Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Blue Cheese Balsamic steak- it so fancy for being so easy

Now, I have not been a meat eatter for very long.  And to be honest when given the choice between filet mignon and lobster, I will chose lobster every time. And sushi....shrimp....gosh I love me some seafood. However, I have a meat loving husband (OMG weirdness) loves a good steak. Therefore, me as the good wife (did I just put myself in the same title as Julianna Margulies ), is always looking for new ways to serve steak.  Well, I got inspired one do watching food network with the flavor combination of blue cheese and balsamic vingear.

I ran with this inspiration and created the easiest fanciest recipe ever.  I made this for 6 people the other night and it was a hit.  Everyone keep talking about how good the steaks tasted and commenting on what a treat this was.  Everyone though the sirloins I used were filets (Can you believe the girl who didn't eat meat for years could do that?)  And of course, all i am thinking is this is the easiest dish EVER.  So, if you need something to impress the in-laws (mine were impressed) or to celebrate a special occasion but have limited time this is your dish.
All you need is
steaks-1 per person
balsamic vinegar
blue cheese (I prefer crumbles but a block will work too)
a pan
a baking sheet covered in aluminium foil (I use the foil for easy clean up)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Now the trickiest part is making sure the steaks are cooked enough for each person.  I used sirloins that were about 2 inches thick from Costco.  I cooked 1 medium well, 1 medium and 4 medium rare.  So, I put the medium well in first and seared the steak for 5 minutes and 30 seconds on each side.  Next came the medium steak which was seared 4 minutes on each side.  ALL the medium rare steaks were cooked 3 minutes on each side.  This time will be adjusted based on size and thickness of steak.  After searing place the steaks on the baking sheet.  
Now here is the part where you can leave the steaks to sit for a bit (by a bit I mean 10-15 minutes MAX) if your guests are running late or go immediately moving on. 
Top the steaks with blue cheese.  I like crumbles but you can also simply slice a piece of cheese off a block. Then drizzle balsamic on top. Just a light drizzle NOT a thick coat. Otherwise the steak will get too vinegary (is this even a word?). Then put steaks in the oven for 5-7 minutes.  You will know the steak are ready when the blue cheese is melted and there is a nice light browning on the top.  See pic.                 You can serve the steak family style or because I had different cooking length, I put steak directly on people's plates.
SIDENOTE: The husband (craziness) took my leftover as part of his lunch and it reheated wonderfully!!
However, the leftover would be great on a salad with walnuts.  Now I am kicking myself that I did not have enough leftovers for me to put in a salad.


  1. Ok. I have watched my BFF make this, and have been amazed at the results.
    So when I attempted to make my own I was a little nervous that I would not be able to duplicate the results. But as I now eat my Blue Cheese Balsamic steak and wonderful salad. (Yes, Allie, I followed your easy rules to preparing an amazing yet simple salad.)
    The best part is I do not have to eat my food in the bathroom because I do not want anyone to see the horrible concoctions that have come from my kitchen. Now I have my coworkers asking me from where did I buy my lunch. I tell them it is not delivery it is a "Somewhat Gourmet meal"!

    Thank you Bestue!

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