Ribeye Steaks With Blue Cheese Sauce

Yes, I’m back from Greece and have lots of fabulous stories, recipes and photos to share with you. I was craving steak upon my return and I splurged on some ribeye steaks. They are flavourful, forgiving if you overcook them and full of beefy flavour. Here, I’m sharing an updated recipe from 2008 where I crown the steak with a creamy, rich blue cheese sauce.

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Today was a glorious day. I had nothing to do but relax all day, enjoy the hot weather and reward my week’s hard work with a nice BBQ. WRONG.

Just as I lit my grill did it start to get really dark and overcast…rain. SHIT!

Onto to Plan B.

My craving for steak would not be denied. I employed the use of my trusty cast-iron skillet and I seared some rib-eyes to near perfection.

To spruce up my steaks and keep up with ever fleeting appetite, I tried out the combo of beef with blue cheese.

For the record, I was iffy on the combo of blue cheese with beef but this sauce has changed my opinion on the matter…the pairing is as natural as Sid Vicious with Nancy Spungen (yes I was listening to the Sex Pistols today).

 

Ribeye Steaks With Blue Cheese Sauce
(serves 4)

2 Tbsp. unslated butter

1 swirl of olive oil

4 Ribeye steaks, about 2 inches thick

coarse sea salt

fresh ground pepper

1/3 cup finely diced shallots or red onions

1 large clove of garlic, minced

1/4 cup Sparkling or white wine

1/2 cup beef stock

5-6 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves stripped from sprigs

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 to 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (according to taste)

sprigs of thyme for garnish

Pre-heated 375F oven

  1. Heat the butter and oil together in a heavy skillet over high heat. Season the steaks with salt and pepper and sear them for 3-4 minutes a side, or until deep-brown on both sides and place on a baking sheet. Cook off remaining steaks in the same fashion if you need to cook in batches. Place the baking sheet with the steaks in your preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until medium-rare (or medium). Remove from the oven, tent with foil and keep warm. Drain off any excess fat (all but a couple of Tbsps.).
  2. In the same fry pan, reduce the heat to medium and add the shallots/onions and garlic and stir with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Now add the stock, wine and thyme and stir to pick up the brown bits then bring up to a simmer and reduce the sauce until it just coats the back of the wooden spoon. Add the cream and bring back to a simmer and reduce until the sauce is thick.
  3. Add the crumbled blues cheese and stir in until incorporated into the sauce. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Serve steak with some sauce. crumbled blue cheese, some thyme sprigs for garnish a seasonal salad. Pair with an Argentine Malbec or a Pinot Noir.

© 2011,
Peter Minakis

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50 Comments for “Ribeye Steaks With Blue Cheese Sauce”

Peter G

says:

Personally, I’m not a fan of blue cheese. But I’d be happy to eat this with you if you made some of your chimichurri sauce!…cheers.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Rib-eye seems to have been the in-thing this weekend. I’ll opt for the blue cheese next time, the Bearnaise and I ,well lets just say it was not a good relationship!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Rib-eye seems to have been the in-thing this weekend. I’ll opt for the blue cheese next time, the Bearnaise and I ,well lets just say it was not a good relationship!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Rib-eye seems to have been the in-thing this weekend. I’ll opt for the blue cheese next time, the Bearnaise and I ,well lets just say it was not a good relationship!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Rib-eye seems to have been the in-thing this weekend. I’ll opt for the blue cheese next time, the Bearnaise and I ,well lets just say it was not a good relationship!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Rib-eye seems to have been the in-thing this weekend. I’ll opt for the blue cheese next time, the Bearnaise and I ,well lets just say it was not a good relationship!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Rib-eye seems to have been the in-thing this weekend. I’ll opt for the blue cheese next time, the Bearnaise and I ,well lets just say it was not a good relationship!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Rib-eye seems to have been the in-thing this weekend. I’ll opt for the blue cheese next time, the Bearnaise and I ,well lets just say it was not a good relationship!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Rib-eye seems to have been the in-thing this weekend. I’ll opt for the blue cheese next time, the Bearnaise and I ,well lets just say it was not a good relationship!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm)

says:

Rib-eye seems to have been the in-thing this weekend. I’ll opt for the blue cheese next time, the Bearnaise and I ,well lets just say it was not a good relationship!

Lulu Barbarian

says:

This sounds great, Peter! I know bleu cheese and beef can be awfully rich, but the flavors just go so well together. Your sherry and cream sauce really solves the problem by incorporating the bleu cheese flavor.

Heather

says:

A few things:

1) You cussed. I love it!

2) Why were afraid of beef and blue cheese? They come from the same animal for f***’s sake.

3) Sauces made of egg yolks and melted butter should just always be consumed with a spoon, not on meats. Gild the lily much?

4) You like the Sex Pistols, which makes you a lot cooler all of a sudden. :D

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy

says:

Too funny! We both posted about ribeyes today. Your steaks look devastatingly good! I’m drooling and wishing I had more in the fridge!

Flanboyant Eats

says:

this is just too damn good! I love love love cabrales queso.. i haven’t had it in so long. thank God it rained after all! ooh and with the Spanish sherry–u know what ur doing! :)

canarygirl

says:

Peter, bestill my heart…You spoke Spanish *and* swore. lol Now I’m really coming over…I’ll bring the Rioja to accompany this amazingly delicious Spanish treat! :)

Dhanggit

says:

rain is kinda on and off in here too in southern france..which means bbq outdoor parties are elusive.;good thing you’ve been saved by your indoor grill pan :-)

i never heard of this spanish dish but it looks delicious!!

Cakelaw

says:

I have never tried beef with blue cheese, but after seeing these mouthwatering photographs, I am very keen to do so.

Jen of A2eatwrite

says:

I love the beef and blue cheese combination, but I always feel my arteries hardening afterwards… ;-) This looks perfect, though.

Peter M

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Pete, sorry…you get blue cheese! lol

Nina, not a fan of Bearnaise? I do like that too!

Lulu, the concentration of the bleu is lessened in the sauce…it fit juuust right.

Heather, I cuss – just that much on here. As for bleu and beef, I’ve found it to interfere with the taste of beef but then again, people just dumped chunks of it. As for Gilding the Lily…there’s a fine line between dressing up a dish and and overdoing something like Baby Jane. Finally, EMI!

Sticky, it’s full-on grilling season…we’re gonna do steaks, right?

Flam, it was a nice find at the cheese shop…I’m diggin all the varieties of bleu.

Nikki, I learned the dirtiest of Spanish from some Cuban amgios…so watch out! lol

Dhanngit, it’s another hot day with another warning of rain…BBQ’in will be tricky.

Cake, I’m now a convert.

Ann, glad you liked…I’ve got another Cabrales dish to come.

Maryann, this is plate-lickin’ good.

Jen, everything in moderation…a little bleu won’t kill ya!

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining

says:

You said (wrote) a bad word!!! I have been craving a nice steak for so long! This may have just pushed me right over the edge! I am not a fan of blue cheese but I do love it in a sauce.

Núria

says:

I could smell your cabrales cheese from here, Chico!
I must admitt it looks wonderful, though. Great combo :D

Marianna

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I love all kinds of cheeses, blue incl. Peter, the Spanish Sherry in the recipe is genius, must give an absolutely fantastic taste!! And as usual, there is always something interesting to raed about in your posts… always interesting facts & infos on the ingredients you use!

Sam Sotiropoulos

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Simply mouth-watering Peter! The cheese sounds wondeful, our mutual acquaintance Mr. Jim would definitely love this one too, he’s a huge blue cheese fan! I think I will have to spring it on him at the next bbq. Thanks!

Jan

says:

Oooh Double YUM!! LOL
I love steak and I love blue cheese. I really do need to move in with you!

Rosie

says:

We had days of rain and now wonderful sunshine for once in England!! Lovely dish Peter steak and blue cheese a real winner!!

Catherine Wilkinson

says:

Did you just say the @H#T word???
Gasp! Peter!
I love that steak…
it’s the shit!

Proud Italian Cook

says:

That looks darn (damm) good from an indoor grill pan, I bet the house was smelling good! Blue cheese and beef, great combo for me!

Louise (Gato Azul)

says:

They are done to perfection and are crying for béarnaise (on ne se refait pas ;-P)

Susan from Food Blogga

says:

I made a similar dish with steak and blue cheese for my husband last year, and he loved it. He will swoon if I make your version–it looks perfect, Peter (esp. since it was a plan B!)

Peter M

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Judy, does this mean I’m now part of the cool gang? lol

Oh Nuria, I forgot you don’t like cheese…may i have your portion of Spanish cheeses?

Marianna, I’m simply passing on my personal discoveries and food is afterall, about sharing.

Sam, Jimmy will lick the plate of any sauce left on it…my pleasure!

Pam, not sure about perfect…I was hoping to grill it.

Jan, ahem but…shouldn’t you clear that first with hubbs? lol

Rosie, we got more rain today…unstable weather here.

Catherine, don’t make me get all Dice Clay on you potted-mounthed yentas!

Marie, actually the house got a little smoky but the steak seared well.

Louise, I do enjoy Bearnaise…chateaubriand anyone?

Jessy, men NEED to grill.

Susan, steak and bleu speaks well to men’s stomachs…you’re a champ of a wife.

Bellini Valli

says:

I haven’t come across the cabrales yet. I have it in my mind for a blue cheese dip. It woukd be equally amazing on your steak as well:D

Nicole

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F an A! I LOVE this kind of thing! Love my red meat! Love it w/ blue cheese and this? Well to die for. I WILL make this soon with your Cabrales or Gorgonzola or whatever I find. And the beauty of it? I have a bottle of sherry from Spain that I haven’t ever opened. It probably isn’t THAT special to drink as it wasn’t expensive and it has been here a while. But would probably be perfect for this.

says:

That looks like a perfectly cooked steak! And blue cheese sauce – I swoon!

I recently had a snotty comment from someone because I swore in a post, I wonder if they will have a go at you, too?

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The one good thing about getting older is that your palate changes. I now adore blue cheese when before it would never see the light of day in my kitchen. Hows about some Okanagan Goat-Gonzola from Carmeli’s:D

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Nothing can come between a man and his red meat! I actually had steak with a rouqufor sauce for the first time in Athens. It was …delicious. Three cheers for the good ol cast iron skillet too!

says:

Sorry you couldn’t grill your steaks – welcome to my world. If you’re having in Canada the kind of weather we’re having in NY this weekend, I think you will get your wish.

I think I want to try Katerina’s version!

Glad you had a great time in Greece, but happy you’re back. Loved your FB photos!

says:

I never make rib-eye, probably because it reminds me of my ex who use to grill rib-eye every sunday like clockwork; not that I did not enjoy it, as I would this one with that blue cheese sauce, a perfect pairing!