We had a bit of a dinner party this week in honor of Valentine’s Day, and needed something on the fancier side of life, that we could serve as individual plates (instead of family style). I had found a recipe a while back when I was surfing, you guessed it, Pinterest that I thought would work well. It was for Grilled Flank Steak with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce.
It was a great recipe and worked really well within the prep time I had available for the dinner. (It only took 30 minutes to put together, including plating.) First thing I had to do was make sure I had all the ingredients. I gathered the 1 1/2 pound flank steak, 1 tbsp of butter, 1 cup heavy cream (we used 1/2 cup cream & 1/2 cup of milk), 1 minced shallot, 1/4 pound of gorgonzola (blue) cheese, salt & pepper. I also pulled out some fresh baby spinach to use on top, and we made cauliflower “mashed” potatoes to complement the meal.
I took out my grill pan and set it up on the stove to preheat. I brought it up to medium high heat to get a nice sear on the steak. I seasoned the steak with salt & pepper on both sides and put it on the grill. It works best if you jut set it down and leave it be for about 8 minutes, and then flip it over and leave it for another 8 minutes on the other side. (It comes out nicely cooked – in the medium to medium rare range.)
While that was working away, I made the cream sauce. First I melted the butter, while sauteing the shallots.
Then I added the milk and cream mixture and reduced the liquid by half.
Once that was reduced, I added the Gorgonzola cheese and melted that into the mixture. (Sorry for the bad picture, but it was a timing issue at this point.)
As the cheese was melting, I removed the steak from the heat and set it aside (covered) to rest. Once the sauce was finished, I sliced the steak, grabbed some baby spinach and the mashed cauliflower. It was time to make the plates pretty! First I took a scoop of cauliflower and put it in the middle of the plate. Next I took 3 slices of steak and stacked them on top of the cauliflower, then I added some spinach. When all that was piled up prettily, I covered it with a good spoonful of the Gorgonzola cream sauce.
I was a ridiculously decadent sauce! And it wasn’t too expensive to make, now the steak on the other hand was a bit ridiculous. What’s with the price of meat these days? What do you like to serve for a fancy dinner?