I haven't posted many special camp meals on this winter's journey. For us this one is a classic. Of course this is a dish that pairs very well with St. Patrick's Day, but can actually be enjoyed anytime. This year I forgot all about it till well after SPD, but I still had a hankerin' for it. We are near the end of this winter's travel circuit adventure and I'm trying not to waste a single opportunity to celebrate with a good meal.
You'll want to use a smaller quality steak preferably without bone, such as a New York Strip. First, you can tenderize it anyway you prefer. I sprinkle Montreal Steak Seasoning on both sides and then pierce the steak several times with a fork. I don't want to pound these out cause a full, thick steak captures the flavor of the brew nicely. Who doesn't love a thick steak?
Then in a bowl combine a bottle of Guinness beer, 1 diced shallot, 1 small diced red onion, 1 teaspoon Rosemary, and 6 cloves of garlic. Mix well and place steaks in marinade. The recipe calls for Guinness Draught, but you can use nearly any DARK beer you wish. Refrigerate marinade for a day, turning steaks occasionally.
Remove steaks to drain and rest at room temperature and reserve marinade. Heat skillet (I use cast iron) to medium high and add 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Add steaks with onion slices (I used chives) and sear for 1 minute each side.
Return marinade to skillet and reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 30 minutes, hopefully reducing mixture by about half. If you're looking for a thicker reduction stirring in corn starch/water is always an option.
When done, plate steak topped with 2 tablespoons of melted Gorgonzola cheese, then either ladle over the marinade or serve 'au jus' on the side. I accompanied this with Steamed Cauliflower and Smashed Sour Cream Yukon Gold Fingerling Potatoes.
I don't know what it is about a good steak marinated in a dark, malty brew and then seared in a hot skillet, but the taste is without comparison. Topped with a nutty, savory cheese such as Gorgonzola followed by pan sauce this meal is one to remember.....
"There is only one right way to eat a steak....with greed in your heart and a smile on your face"
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