If you want to take your steak to the next level, try topping it with a homemade sauce. These three restaurant-quality sauces enhance the flavor of the meat rather than covering it, and they each come together in only a few minutes, so you can enjoy your dinner in no time.
Blue Cheese Sauce
This smooth, creamy sauce is flavored with blue cheese, the perfect partner to a juicy steak.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Combine the flour and butter in a saucepan, and cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk, salt, and pepper. Continue whisking until the mixture thickens—about 5 - 8 minutes. Stir in the blue cheese, and keep heating until it melts. Remove the sauce from the heat, and use as desired to top your steak.
Red Wine Reduction
Make this sauce after you've prepared a steak in a skillet. Its flavor is derived, in part, from the drippings in the pan.
- 3/4 cup dry red wine, such as Merlot
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- a pinch of dried thyme
Once your steak has finished cooking in the skillet, add the garlic and thyme, and saute gently for 1 minute. Pour in the red wine, and use your spoon to scrape and loosen any drippings from the bottom of the pan. Let the wine come to a simmer and reduce for about 5 minutes, or until its volume has reduced by half. Add the butter to the pan, and stir just until it melts and incorporates into the sauce. Enjoy!
Buttery Herb Sauce
This sauce is made in the food processor and takes just seconds to whip up. Butter and mayonnaise may sound like a strange combination, but once you spoon this thick sauce onto your steak, you'll understand what all the hype is about!
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon fresh dill, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh basil, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
- 1 pinch of salt
Combine all of the ingredients in the food processor, and process until smooth. The mixture will be thick, but it will melt once you spoon it on top of a warm steak. Consider using a melon baller to create uniform, round spoonfuls of this sauce to place on your steak.
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