Monday, September 6, 2010

Rib-Eye Steak with Blue Cheese Butter and Walla Walla Onion Rings

 Photograph by Elinor Carucci

This was our send off to summer and it was… when I woke up this morning it was 50 degrees. Yikes – way too early for that!

This recipe is from Laurelhurst Market, a restaurant in Portland that is part steakhouse and part butcher shop.

I have always been a fan of onion rings and these were no exception. Sad to say it’s just another weekend cheat…but you have this great recipe to look forward to next weekend.

Bon Appetit!


• 2 1-pound rib-eye steaks (each about 1 to 1 1/4 inches thick)

• Coarse kosher salt

Blue Cheese Butter:

• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

• 3 tablespoons crumbled American blue cheese (such as Maytag), room temperature

• 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel

• 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

• 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper

Walla Walla Onion Rings:

• 1 cup cake flour

• 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

• 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

• 1/2 cup beer

• 2 tablespoons vodka

• Canola or peanut oil (for deep-frying)

• 1 large (about 12 ounces) Walla Walla onion or other sweet onion (such as Vidalia or Maui), cut into 1/3-inch-thick rounds, separated into rings



• Sprinkle steaks on both sides with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place on plate; cover and chill overnight.

Blue Cheese Butter:

• Using fork, mix all ingredients in small bowl. Season with freshly ground black pepper.

• Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill steaks to desired doneness, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer steaks to cutting board; let rest 5 minutes.

Walla Walla Onion Rings:

Meanwhile, whisk flour, coarse salt, and baking powder in medium bowl. Add beer and vodka; whisk just until blended. Pour enough oil into heavy large pot to reach depth of 2 inches. Attach deep-fry thermometer to side of pot; heat oil over medium heat to 350°F. Working with 2 onion rings at a time, dip onion rings into batter; shake off excess. Gently drop onion rings into hot oil; fry until deep golden, adjusting heat to maintain temperature, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer onion rings to paper towels. Repeat with remaining batter and onion rings.

Cut steaks in half across grain. Place 1 steak half on each of 4 plates. Top with blue cheese butter and onion rings.