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Steak with a Mushroom, Blue Cheese Sauce

I didn't really have a plan in mind other than I wanted to make a sauce for some steaks I was going to grill. Still not sure where I was going with this, I started caramelizing some onion. If nothing else steaks with caramelized onion on top are great.

Cook onions 

Come see how I got from here,

Plated close
to here.

While the onion was cooking,

Green beans and mushrooms

I put some frozen green beans into a colander to defrost and drain. Since I was going to throw them into hot bacon drippings with onion, I thought it would be prudent to have them as dry as possible. Then the mushrooms got sliced for going into the blue cheese sauce. 

Spice steaks

The steaks got a sprinkling of Montreal Steak Seasoning. I was going to grill them but we had such strong wind gusts, and red flag warnings, I was afraid the wind would blow over our little portable grill and start a forest fire. I ended up broiling them in the toaster oven, not a great idea.

Add mushrooms

Once the onions were sufficiently caramelized, the mushrooms,

Snip thyme 

and a few sprigs of fresh thyme were added.

That's lemongrass in the foreground. I just stuck some fresh stalks from the grocery store into a pot and they are going crazy. Lucky me.

While the mushrooms were cooking I started the green beans. 

Bacon fat rules

Bacon drippings were added to a hot skillet.

Cook leeks

I discovered a lone leek in the refrigerator and decided to use that instead of some onion. Gave it a quick rinse and chop, then into the hot bacon grease. When the leeks were ready,

Add beans cover cook 

the green beans were added, the skillet was covered, the heat was lowered, and on I went to the sauce.

Gdeglaze wine

The mushrooms were finished giving off their lovely juices, I deglazed the pan with some white wine and the heat was lowered.

Add cream

Cream was added, almost a cups worth. 

Add cheese 

The blue cheese was then added a bit at a time. I'd add and taste, add and taste, until it tasted fine to me. I'd say I probably added about a quarter cup of the cheese. 


I was a little disappointed with the steak. Oh, it tasted fine but I was wanting a char on the outside with a little pink in the middle. They were very thin New York strips and I over cooked them a little in the toaster oven. They were still very good and tender, just not what I had in mind when I started.

Dang, did I load on the green beans or what. The potato was poked, oiled and salted before baking.

And that's that.