The very title of the post makes my mouth water.
I know, I know – not everyone loves blue cheese. And it took me a while to warm up to it too. So this post is dedicated to my blue cheese lovers. But for all those who don’t like it, my advice is to try a tiny tiny bit of it as a time. It will grow on you, I promise.
Years and years and years ago (okay, so many more like four or five years ago) we went to a dinner party and were served barbecued steaks, finished in the oven with blue cheese and walnuts. It was a bit overwhelming – I was 21, max, and I guess I didn’t appreciate the “finer things in life” just yet. At the very least, my exposure to fine foods was limited, so I truly didn’t appreciate the combination of flavours I was dealing with.
And now? Well… I’m a GROWN WOMAN.
Sorry. Had to. Huge Beyoncé fan over here.
In all seriousness, I love blue cheese and I definitely love steak. And my book The Flavor Bible highly recommends those two things be paired with walnuts. So I set out to re-create the meal I didn’t appreciate five years ago… but better.
The result? Something I like to call Salt & Pepper Crusted Steaks with Blue Cheese Butter & Toasted Walnuts.
That’s a mouthful. Pun definitely intended.
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 4 steaks (top sirloin or tenderloin)
- Salt & pepper
- Rub steaks in salt & pepper and refrigerate until ready to be barbecued Mix blue cheese and butter in a bowl and place in fridge too. Heat 2 tbsps olive oil in a small frying pan and, when hot, toast walnuts until light brown. Remove and place on paper towel-lined plate. Grill steaks to desired doneness – do not use any sauce! Serve topped with 1 heaping tablespoon of blue cheese butter and a sprinkle of toasted walnuts.