Steak with Balsamic and Rosemary

Steak with Balsamic and Rosemary

Sirloin Steak quickly marinated in Balsamic Vinegar, Rosemary and Olive Oil

Typical I love to grill a steak on an outdoor barbecue but there are days during the cold winter months that I crave that char on the outside steak. You know what I am taking about; that steak that has a delicious sear on the outside but when you cut into the steak it is that beautiful pink color and so juicy. This recipe can work well whether you are preparing the steak indoors or out. To prepare the steak in your kitchen you will need to have a cast iron grill pan. I really like the one I have from Lodge which happens to be on sale right now on Amazon. The greatest thing about this grill pan is that you can also use it as a griddle and at 20 inches long it fits over 2 burners which allows for even heat and room for lots of food. This pan comes pre-seasoned so it’s ready to use. To care for a cast iron pan you should wash after use and dry well then use a paper towel to rub a small amount of vegetable oil over pan before putting it away. The light layer of vegetable oil will prevent rusting and insure years of use. A well seasoned cast iron pan is a treasure and should last many years.

The steak needs to be taken out of the refrigerator 20 minutes before you are ready to grill it. This time is used to quickly marinate the steak and bring up the temperature before grilling. A good steak should not go straight from the refrigerator to the grill. In order to have a warm, pink inside you must bring the temperature of the steak up a bit. I think that 20 minutes is the right amount of time. This is also when I quickly marinate the steak in Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil and Rosemary. This seasons the steak and allows for a beautiful caramelization to occur on the outside of the steak when it is grilled. While grilling the steak I continue to baste it with a Rosemary brush dipped in Olive Oil and add a little butter on top of each steak.

Using an Herb Brush

Using an herb brush is a great way to baste steak, fish or chicken. I like to use Rosemary with steak but you can also make an herb brush with thyme, sage. It is very easy to make an herb brush, simply tie a bunch of herbs together with twine. If you are using an herb brush when you are grilling on a barbecue you may want to attach the brush to a wooden chopstick to create a handle so your hand doesn’t get too close to the fire. An herb brush will season the oil as you baste and adds a lot of flavor to your food

Plating the Steak

I like to roast whole bulbs of garlic to serve with these steaks. I serve bulbs of roasted garlic on the side. When you roast garlic it creates a nutty flavor that compliments steak perfectly. To roast garlic you need to cut off the top of the garlic to expose a bit of the garlic inside. Drizzle a little olive oil over the garlic and wrap in foil. Place it into a 400 oven for 45 minutes until garlic is light brown and tender.

Bulbs of Garlic with Olive Oil ready to be wrapped in foil and roasted in the oven

After the steak is done you need to tent it with foil and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing it. This step is essential so that the juices absorb back into the steak. If you cut the steak too soon the juices will run out and you will have a dry steak. So this means NO CUTTING to see if the steak is done. The steak should have an internal temperature of 135 for medium rare. The steak will continue to cook as it rests so do not over cook it. Use a meat thermometer to check steak or start to learn how to determine the temperature of a steak by touching it. If you push the top of the steak before you grill it you will find that it is very soft, as the steak cooks it becomes harder to push in. So the softer the steak, the rarer the steak. For medium rare you are feeling for a firm but still soft texture. It will take a little time to learn this technique so I suggest using a meat thermometer and also touching the steak so you learn how it should feel according to the temperature you like your steak. Whatever you do just please do not cut it to see if the steak is done. You must let it rest before cutting. After the steak rests, slice it and serve it on a platter with the bulbs of garlic and some sprigs of rosemary.

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Steak with Balsamic-Rosemary

Sirloin Steak marinated in Balsamic and Rosemary
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time39 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatloaf, Steak, grill
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 562kcal

Equipment

  • cast iron grill pan
  • meat thermometer
  • kitchen twine

Ingredients

  • 2 16oz Sirloin Steak
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 5 sprigs Rosemary
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter

Instructions

  • mix vinegar and olive oil together with 1 sprig of rosemary
  • put marinade in a plastic bag
  • add steaks and massage outside of bag so marinade rubs onto steaks
  • place bag on countertop and turn bag over every 5 minutes so both sides of steak marinate. Marinate for a total of 20 minutes.
  • tie remaining 4 sprigs of rosemary with twine to make a brush
  • remove steaks from bag and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • heat cast iron grill on medium high until hot
  • grill steaks for 7 minutes and baste with rosemary brush dipped in olive oil
  • turn steaks over and continue to baste
  • top each steak with ½ tbsp of butter after 5 minutes
  • continue to grill for another 2 minutes until butter is melted and temperature is 135
  • remove from pan and tent with foil.
  • Let steaks rest for 10 minutes then slice and serve with sprigs of rosemary and roasted whole garlic

Nutrition

Serving: 1person | Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 428mg | Potassium: 802mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 4mg
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Roasted Whole Garlic

whole garlic bulb roasted with olive oil
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian, American
Keyword: Side Dishes
Servings: 4
Calories: 64kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 whole bulbs garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • preheat oven to 400
  • cut top off of garlic to expose cloves inside
  • drizzle with olive oil
  • wrap in foil and roast in oven for 45 minutes

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

A Slightly Updated Classic Recipe

Beef Wellington is an absolutely beautiful dish to serve at a special dinner. It does require a little time but the results are well worth the effort. This dish always reminds me of a time long ago when people hosted formal grand dinner parties in their home. I feel that this dish always makes the dinner feel more elegant. There are many theories regarding the origin of Beef Wellington. One theory is that it is named after the Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) who won the battle of Waterloo. According to foods of England there is no mention of Beef Wellington in any English cookbook until about 1970. It is therefore presumed to have French origin and then renamed. No matter the origin, we do know that it dates back to a long time ago when classic technique cooking was popular.

Beef Wellington is definitely a decadent dish. The original recipe calls for Duxelles, Foie Gras and Puff Pastry. In the recipe I was handed down by my mother the Foie Gras has been removed and sliced prosciutto has been added to help seal in the juices and prevent the puff pastry from getting soggy. The use of prosciutto is seen in many modern Beef Wellington recipes. The Duxelles is a combination of mushrooms, I like to use button, portobello and shiitake, that have been chopped and cooked down in butter with shallots and thyme. You can also add a little truffle or Chanterelle to the mix. I also add in a little fresh bread crumbs because I like the texture that it gives to the duxelles. The result is a mushroom paste that is spread over the prosciutto and then wrapped around the tenderloin.

Duxelles with fresh thyme and breadcrumbs. Choose any assorted mushrooms you like and cook down with butter and shallots before adding the thyme and breadcrumbs

You can use a 2 1/2 pound center-cut tenderloin ( will serve 6) that has been tied to retain the shape or you can use 6-8 oz portions if you would like to make individual Beef Wellington. You must sear the meat to seal in the juices before wrapping it in the duxelles, prosciutto and puff pastry. After you sear the meat, remove the string before wrapping. There’s nothing worse then getting a piece of string caught in your mouth. I have deviated from my mother’s recipe slightly after reading that Chef Gordon Ramsey rubs Dijon mustard on the meat before wrapping it. So clever, I just love that guy! After trying this I decided I really liked the flavor and spice that the Dijon mustard gave the dish. Always make sure you wrap the tenderloin securely with the puff pastry and seal the ends well. Do not leave too much dough on the end, you don’t want clumpy ends of dough. After you have wrapped the Filet in puff pastry use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes to create a beautiful design on top. This can be as easy as rolling a thin piece of pastry and creating a vine with leaves or cutting out birds like I did here for Christmas. Use your imagination, it’s your creation. Brush with egg wash before placing in oven to create a beautiful sheen on the pastry when finished. Serve the Wellington with Brandy Shallot Sauce.

How Do You Know How Long To Cook The Meat?

It will take about 35-40 minutes for a 2 1/2 pound tenderloin to reach medium rare (130-135 degrees). I recommend cooking the Wellington at 400 for 40 minutes. You can stick a meat thermometer in the center to check temperature. The ends of the meat will be more well done then the center pieces so you will have a variety of meat temperatures for your guests. Let the Beef Wellington rest for 10 minutes before slicing it. Since it will be so beautiful to look at you should place it on a platter and display it at the table while your guests are sitting down.

Can I Make The Beef Wellington Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can prepare the Beef Wellington according to the recipe up to the step before you wrap it in puff pastry. This can be done up to 12 hours before you are going to cook the Wellington. Wrap the tenderloin in plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Beef Wellington
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Beef Wellington

Filet Mignon wrapped in Puff Pastry
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Chill1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French, English
Keyword: meat, Steak, Filet Mignon
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 342kcal

Ingredients

  • lb Center Cut Beef Tenderloin tied with string
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 6 slices Prosciutto
  • 1 sheet Puff Pastry
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp water

Duxelles

  • 16 oz Mushrooms (Shiitake, Portobello, Button)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup fresh breadcrumbs (not packaged)
  • ½ cup shallot chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme (leaves only)
  • tsp salt
  • tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400

Duxelles

  • Add Mushrooms, Shallots and Thyme to a food processor and finely chop. Can also be done by hand but it needs to be finely chopped
  • Heat Butter in a pan and saute mushrooms until liquid has been rendered. About 8 min
  • Add salt and pepper and fresh breadcrumbs
  • Let cool

Meat

  • Season beef with salt and pepper
  • Heat Olive Oil in pan and sear meat on all sides
  • Let cool slightly and remove string
  • Brush with Dijon Mustard

Assemble

  • Lay slices of prosciutto slightly overlapping on a piece of plastic wrap
  • Spread duxelles over prosciutto
  • place cooled meat on top and use plastic to wrap prosciutto and mushrooms around the meat.
  • Chill in refrigerator for at least a half hour
  • Roll puff pastry on a lighly floured surface ¼ inch thick
  • Roll puff pastry in a rectangle just large enough to wrap around tenderloin. You do not want too much excess on sides. Trim pastry as necessary and keep scraps to decorate top with.
  • Remove Tenderloin from plastic and wrap tightly in puff pastry use egg wash to seal
  • Put seam side down and cut out decorative cut outs out of excess puff pastry to place on top.
  • Brush with egg wash
  • Roast in oven for 45 minutes until temp reaches 130-135 for medium rare
  • Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing with a sharp serated knife

Notes

Serve with Jenn’s View Brandy Cream Sauce recipe

Nutrition

Serving: 1person | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 316mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 2mg
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Brandy Cream Sauce

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Sauces and Dips
Cuisine: French, American
Keyword: Sauce, Steak
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 136kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp minced shallots
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup brandy
  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

  • Saute shallots in butter until light brown
  • add brandy and reduce until slighly syrupy (around 5 minutes)
  • take ¼ cup of broth and mix with cornstarch then mix with rest of the broth and add to pan
  • simmer until starting to thicken. Around 5 minutes
  • add cream, mustard, Worcestershire, salt and pepper
  • Simmer until thick enough to coat back of spoon

Nutrition

Serving: 1person | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 204mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

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