I was still dead tired when I got home last night, but I was determined to have that steak. And even though my original plan was to make steak and peppers, on the way home I got inspired. I had gorgonzola, I had steak, and I had a beautiful ciabiatta loaf… I think you know where I’m going with this.
I’ve rarely had steak sandwiches that I enjoyed. They’re either way too dense, way too tough, or not flavorful enough. I wanted something simple but still something delicious. Something that was all about steak and not about fuss. I didn’t have much of a choice. I’d been anticipating this steak for 2 full days now! It had to be good! Really, really good!
Steak Sandwich with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce
1 ciabatta loaf
1 skirt steak
1/2 cup heavy cream
3-4 tbsp gorgonzola
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to season steak and gorgonzola sauce
1 romaine leaf
1. Start by making the sauce for the sandwich. Pour 1/2 cup of cream into a saucepan and cook on low. To the pan add 3-4 tbsp of crumbled gorgonzola and 1 tbsp of butter. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until the gorgonzola melts and the cream begins to cook down. Continue to stir every few minutes. Taste and add a dash of salt if necessary.
2. Start heating a flat pan (or whatever pan you normally use to make steak). I had skirt steak which was perfect because it cooks quickly and stays really tender.
3. Season the steaks generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. I love the natural flavor of steak, so for me this is all I need to make it taste perfect. Once the steaks are seasoned, rub a layer of olive oil on both sides, about a tbsp of olive oil per steak. Hey, if you have a perfect way to make steaks- by all means, go for it. This is my way to get the steaks perfectly cooked- it works every time!
4. Place the steaks into the now hot pan and allow to sit for about 3-4 minutes or until the steak has browned on one side. For a well done steak, leave in for a minute or two more, but I like mine cooked medium. Turn the steaks carefully and leave in the pan for another 2-3 minutes or more if you like your steak well done.
5. Once the steaks are cooked, place them in a plate and cover with aluminum foil to allow it to rest. In this time, and only if you like your sandwiches this way, toast your bread lightly. I love toasty sandwiches so for me this was a must. When the steaks have rested for about 5 minutes they are ready to be sliced.
6. Now to assemble! On the bottom slice of bread place some lettuce. I would have loved to have used arugula, but only had romaine in the house. I worked with what I had. Add the steak on top of the lettuce and top the steak with a few spoonfuls of the gorgonzola sauce which, after cooking down for the past 15-20 minutes, should be a really nice thick consistency. Cover with the top bread.
This was seriously amazing. Seriously, seriously amazing! Shockingly amazing since it was all completely improvised. This was perfect as dinner, but can be made for lunch. All around? Definitely a keeper!