Friday, September 18, 2009

Ribeye Steak with Onion Blue Cheese Sauce

Rib Eye with Blue Cheese Onion plated 1

Here’s a little fact a lot of you might not know about me. I didn’t eat meat for over 20 years. It’s true. I was a vegetarian for most of my young adult life. I won’t go into the many reasons that I became a vegetarian, but it did have something to do with a man named Paul McCartney and his then wife Linda.

So I was meatless for a long, long time.

Fast forward to 1995, I’m pregnant with my first child and the doctor is worried about the amount of protein I’m getting. I promise him I’ll bulk up on the protein. A few months pass, I develop gestational diabetes, I’m bed ridden for the last few months of the pregnancy, Jesse is born in respiratory distress, and he’s a little guy. Barely 6 pounds. He’s a terrible sleeper. Mama is exhausted.

Fast forward again, less than a year later, and I’m pregnant again. Doc and I have the same conversation about protein.

He jokingly writes me a prescription that says “EAT SOME FISH”. I tell him “I love fish, if you tell me I have to eat it, I will”. “Then eat it.” he says. So I do. I start to eat fish in 1996. Evan is born in October. He’s almost a 9 pounder. He sleeps through the night almost from the get go. Not taking into consideration that I have 2 boys in diapers and drinking from bottles (I changed a lot of diapers and made a lot of bottles over those years) I think I’m in heaven. I’m almost getting a full night sleep. I’m still not eating meat.

Fast forward for the last time. We are in Disney in 2006. We go to a luau. I have now decided that I’m going to try to eat a little chicken. It looked so good and smelled so delicious. I take a bite.

“Oh my God, this is the best chicken I’ve ever had”.

Was it because I hadn’t eaten it in so long?? Was it the way it was prepared???

It was so good. I ate one piece, then another, then another until John finally looked at me and said

“That’s pork you’re eating you know?

What? Pork? Me? How could have eaten pork?

I haven’t had pork in almost 25 years. I ate the pork.

I finished all the rest of it on my plate.

I crossed the line.

I was a carnivore again.

I liked pork.

I really liked pork.

So that’s the point in time that I was no longer considered a vegetarian. I still enjoy lots of meatless meals, but chicken and pork and beef have passed through my lips many, many times. Red meat took quite a lot longer for me to consume. I still can’t eat it rare or even medium rare and I don’t eat much of it, but I have to say, when it’s cooked right, I do enjoy it, carnivore that I am.

This is a Pioneer Woman recipe. PW is coming out with her own cookbook next month. If you like down home cooking that’s not fussy or fancy I urge you to buy her cookbook. She really does have some great recipes, and here’s one of them.

Let me tell you. I salivated when I saw this sauce on her site. Yeah the steak looked ok too, but that onion blue cheese sauce had me, onion freak that I am.

Be patient with the onions.

Good caramelized onions take time, but are so worth it.

Rib Eye with Blue Cheese Onion

Then you add the cream and the beautiful blue cheese and all is right with the world. At least until you finish this meal.

Rib Eye with Blue Cheese Onion plated

P Dub's Ribeye Steak with Onion Blue Cheese Sauce
Printable recipe
2 ribeye steaks (we grilled outside)
2 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons butter
1 very large yellow onion
3/4 to 1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
Salt and pepper both sides of the steaks.

Saute onions in 4 tablespoons butter over high heat. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until dark and caramelized. Reduce heat to simmer and pour in cream. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until reduced by half. Stir in blue cheese until melted. Serve steaks on generous portion of sauce. Faint.

Repeat as often as needed.

Rib Eye with Blue Cheese Onion empty pan

I could have licked that pan clean but I didn't.

I do have a tiny ounce of control left.

(but I so wanted to!)


Daziano said...

Gosh, is that mouthwatering or what!

Nina Timm said...

That piece of meat would have changed my eating preferences too. I love a good steak and enjoy it once in a while. I love your blog, BTW!

test it comm said...

That steak dinner looks so tasty! Mushrooms would would also go well in that sauce.

Sprouted Kitchen said...

not a meat eater myself, and one day i may go back as you did, who knows. However, this sauce looks incredible, i saw it on her site. nice work!

Bunny said...

Oh My Word Lisa, I've missed so much! The chicken and biscuits, the chocolate chip cake ( that's gonna be mine) and the steak sauce!!Girl you are on fire here! I have to make all of these, seriously they are all fantastic. I was in quite a "what do I make for dinner" slump,this past week but not anymore! Thanks for the great recipes!

Anonymous said...

i had the same experience with trying to stay vegetarian when i was pregnant. i was so adamant about it until my body just craved it soo bad i caved and my husband came home to a full out turkey dinner! ha!

i eat meat now too. but cannot eat it straight off the bone. i just get it from a local farmer so i have more control over what i eat and how it's raised.

that recipe is amazing, love PW. blue cheese and steak are a perfect match in my book.

and btw, were you also angry at Paul McCartney when he got re-married right away like i was?

The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

UBBS - yeah I was a little ticked when Paul re-married so fast. I loved Linda. I was so sad when she passed away. I think they made the perfect match. It's obvious he hasn't had that happen again.

Robin from Callif. said...

I haven't eaten red meat for many years, but this steak looks really good, expecially the sauce. I wonder how it would go with chicken...

Crystal said...

I so want to come over to your house for dinner. You make AMAZING eats.

n8urebabe said...

I made this sauce tonight and it was fabulous! Big hit with hubby too. :) And really easy to make as well. Thanks!

bubba said...

Absolutely fabulous--a keeper!