It's the summer of grilling, and today I'm featuring a classic - steak! Chief offers a wide variety of steak options... if you can't find your favorite, simply ask the butcher to cut your meat to order. They are also more than willing to answer any questions and provide tips and hints to the best cuts.
One of my favorite parts about eating steak in a fancy restaurant is the fancy reduction sauce that is usually served on the side. (For an extra charge, of course.) I decided that it would be nice to be able to make a sauce like that at home, and it was much simpler than I thought! I went with a Blackberry Reduction Sauce
, which was made up of a mixture of mushrooms, shallots, reduced red wine, and fresh blackberries. The flavors went wonderfully with the steaks, and we even topped it all off with a bit of gorgonzola cheese. Might I say it was even better than the steakhouse? And we have leftovers! (I'm thinking it might be delicious over some grilled chicken as well.)
To start the sauce, heat some olive oil in a large stockpot over high heat. Once it's almost smoking, add some sliced shallots, sliced mushrooms, and some freshly ground black pepper. Reduce the heat to medium, and let them cook about 5 minutes until browned bits have formed on the bottom of the pan. (Those are the best parts!)
Add a bit of brown sugar and your favorite dry red wine. (Cabernet is a great option.) Scrape up those little brown bits on the bottom of the pan, and let it simmer and reduce about 40 minutes, until there's only about 11/2 cups left.
Add about 2 cups of beef stock, and simmer another 15 minutes. Add in a few sprigs of thyme and some fresh blackberries, and let it simmer until your steaks are ready.
To grill the steaks, simply season them with salt and pepper, and grill over high heat about 4-5 minutes on each side until your desired doneness. Serve the steaks topped with the sauce and gorgonzola cheese.
Grilled Steaks with Blackberry Reduction Sauce
Yield: 2 cups sauce
For the sauce
For the steaks
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 medium shallots, sliced
- 1 package sliced baby bella mushrooms
- 1-2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 bottle dry red wine, (about 4 cups)
- 2 cups beef stock
- 3-4 sprigs thyme
- 1 pint fresh blackberries
- 1½-2 lbs sirloin steak
- salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- gorgonzola cheese, for serving
1. To make the sauce, heat olive oil over high heat in a large nonreactive stockpot. Once it heats up, add shallots, mushrooms, and boac pepper. Reduce the heat to medium and cook vegetables until brown bits form on the bottom of the pan, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the brown sugar and red wine, and deglaze the pan, scraping the brown bits up off the bottom. Let simmer 30-40 minutes until reduced to about 11/2 cups. Add beef stock and cook about 15 minutes more, until it has reduced to about 11/2 cups.
3. About 10-15 minutes before serving, add thyme sprigs and fresh blackberries.
4. While sauce is reducing, prepare the grill. Heat grill to high heat. Season steaks with salt & pepper. Grill steaks about 4-5 minutes on each side, until your desired doneness. Serve topped with reduction sauce and gorgonzola cheese.
Source: adapted from Food Network Magazine