Only one more day until I leave for Wisconsin. Not permanently mind you, but an extended stay for me none-the-less. I just finished packing and I thought I’d write a quick ditty to you before I disappear. I do have access to the internet out there but my mom seems very offended whenever I log on. So this may be farewell for a couple of weeks!
As always, I look forward to seeing my family and friends while I am out there. However, this visit is not entirely for leisure. My mom is updating her condo and needs an extra pair of hands. She is putting me to work out there! How dare she. I am unemployed and have better things to do, like watch tv and sit on my butt all day. Honestly…
Anywho, you’re probably asking me what Wisconsin has to do with this steak sandwich. Not much, unless you relate steak to Wisconsin cows… and the blue cheese to … well, Wisconsin cheese. Then yes, Wisconsin and this sandwich has everything to do with one another!
I was inspired to make this sandwich when I came across Pioneer Woman’s Blue-Cheese Sauce recipe. I really wanted to incorporate some greens on my plate too so we settled on making a steak sandwich instead of her original recipe which was steak and sauce. Boy am I glad we did it this way! The sauce and steak are very heavy, so the peppery arugula really was a nice, lighter accompaniment. A fantastic combination.
I will definitely make this sauce again with future steak recipes. It’s sinful and delightful and everything your mother warned you about (i.e. it’s really frickin’ good).
1 (12-ounce) 1-inch thick New York strip boneless steak, trimmed *See Note
salt and pepper
2 cups arugula
2 sandwich rolls, split and buttered
For the sauce:
4 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
salt and pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
Season the steak liberally with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium saute or grill pan over high heat until it's almost smoking. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook the steak for 7 to 10 minutes, turning once, until medium rare in the middle. Remove to a plate, cover with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Slice the steak into very thin strips.
While the steak rests, saute onions in 4 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring from time to time, until dark and caramelized. Add more butter if the onions begin to look dry. Reduce heat and pour in cream. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until reduced by half and thickened. Stir in blue cheese until melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
To assemble, toast the buttered sandwich rolls in a pan over medium heat. Place a layer of onion-blue cheese sauce on the bottom of the roll, top with steak strips and a pile of arugula.
You can use any cut of steak you fancy really. Just make sure you slice your cooked steak very thin for your sandwich.
I love a good ol’ fashioned green bean. Whether steam them or bake them into a casserole, green beans have always been a favorite around my household.
I remember my mom would come home from work with boxes of canned corn and you guessed it, green beans. The rural folk she worked with would sell their produce at her warehouse and she bought cases from them every year. They were convenient when we needed an easy side dish.
Although my mom doesn’t do a lot of culinary exploring – I finally introduced her to orzo this last Christmas – I believe she would enjoy this salad.
Sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ways to serve vegetables. This recipe from Family Fresh Cooking is a new favorite for green beans. The toasty walnuts and cheesy crumbles really compliment the green beans while the quinoa fills the tummy. Plus as an added bonus, this salad tastes great cold or warm.
1 cup dry Quinoa (any type), prepared to package directions
1 pound fresh Green Beans, washed with trimmed ends
a few pinches of fine Sea Salt
1/4 cup toasted unsalted Walnuts, plus extra for topping
drizzle of Walnut Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
a few ounces of crumbled Blue Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the middle. You can use a toaster oven for this small of an amount. Toast the dry nuts for about 10 minutes until slightly browned and fragrant.
Fill a large pot 3/4 full with cold water. Add a few pinches of salt and bring to a boil. Prepare an ice bath full of water to dunk beans in when they have finished cooking. This will set the color and keep them crisp.
Add the beans to the water and make sure they are fully submerged, add some more warm water if needed. Boil beans over medium high heat for about 2 minutes. They should be bright green and tender enough to be speared with a fork. Taste test to be sure 🙂
Drain beans in a colander and immediately put them into the ice bath. Swish them around in the bath until cool. Remove and dry on a paper towl.
Chop beans into little bite sized pieces. Toss with oil and nuts and some blue cheese. Add the quinoa and toss to combine. Top each serving with extra nuts and cheese. Serve at any temperature.