Blue Cheese Steak Puttanesca. Grilled steak with a quick cooked puttanesca sauce and melting blue cheese… or try any favourite cheese like provolone or mozzarella is blue cheese is not your thing.
Yesterday was a glorious sunny day here in Newfoundland; our native readers will know how much we appreciate those. It was about 15 degrees Celsius on my back patio and the grill just cried out to be sparked up.
Monday is our “madness” day in terms of kid activities like music lessons, basketball and dance, making it the busiest day of the week for us with only an hour or so window to sneak in a quick family meal and this one fit the bill perfectly.
I had some over-ripe brown kumato tomatoes in the fridge that needed to be used up. So, I decided to dress up the strip loin steaks that were earmarked for the backyard grill.
That dressing up included a quick and simple puttanesca sauce and some melting crumbled extra cream blue cheese on top.
My nursing student niece at nearby Memorial University dropped by and appreciatively lucked into an extra steak. Gotta feed the learning brain!
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- 4 strip loin steaks about 1 inch thick
- kosher salt and pepper to season
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 6 -8 medium sized tomatoes , diced
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- pinch chili flakes (optional)
- 3 tbsp chopped capers
- salt and pepper to season (careful, capers can be salty)
- 3 tbsp chopped fresh basil
Grill on high heat to taste, about 3½ minutes per side for medium rare.
Rest the steaks for 5 minutes before topping with the puttanesca sauce and crumbled blue cheese and popping under the broiler for only a minute or two before serving with a simple salad or pasta.
Over medium heat in a sauté pan add the olive oil and minced garlic.
Cook for a minute to soften the garlic before adding the tomatoes, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, chili flakes, capers, salt and pepper.
Simmer together, stirring occasionally until the sauce is reduced and thickened to a jam-like consistency. In the final minute of cooking stir in the chopped basil.