This recipe probably recieves more requests than any other. Blue cheese can really add flavor to a steak. The combination of the beef flavor with the salty tartness of blue cheese really stands out. It is easy, and can sass up any elegant steak dinner for company.
- 4 (6 ounce) beef tenderloin filets*, 1 1/2 inches thick
- 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- 4 slices white bread, crusts removed and cubed
- 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Place meat on broiler pan. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 5-8 minutes on each side or until meat is browned and cooked to desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145 degrees F; medium, 160 degrees F; well-done, 170 degrees F).
Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the blue cheese and butter; set aside. In a skillet, saute bread cubes in oil until golden brown. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Top steaks with blue cheese mixture and sprinkle with croutons; broil 1 minute longer or until cheese is slightly melted.
TIP: *Though the recipe calls for tenderloin fillets, they can be a little pricey. By using Certified Angus Beef®steaks (always very tender), we use 8 ounce New York strip cuts instead. Works great, and saves about 20% on cost.
TIP: Because we keep blue cheese refrigerated, it is very hard. We heat it up with the butter for about 15 secs in the microwave; makes it much easier to combine.
TIP: We grill the steaks instead of broiling. After the steaks are almost but not quite done, we use an elongated glass baking dish to put the steaks in before adding the sauce. We then add the croutons on top first, then added the blue cheese mixture on top of the croutons and broiled them for a few minutes. Voila! A wonderful presentation that looks much harder than it is.
TIP: Brocolli is a perfect sidedish, or you might try steamed asparagus with lemon zest. For a salad, Butter Lettuce (also called Boston Bibb) with sliced strawberries lend a unique and colorful touch. Add a nice bottle of a light red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Top it off by passing a small dish of chilled, top quality, dark chocolate mint patties.