Ohhhh my goodness, I know Katie said this yesterday but we have MISSED YOU GUYS!! You know how that goes when even though you love doing something (aka blogging), if you get out of the habit for two days, it becomes the world’s hardest thing to get back into?! Guilty as charged. Thanks to some very encouraging friends, we have found the motivation to get back to ya’ll! Unfortunately… my pictures are going to be just terrible today. I’m not so professional at blogging that I plan my meals in the morning just to get the best natural light for capturing pictures. Therefore, I’m a little worried that the outcome (however delicious it was) will look er, quite unappealing. AAAhhh I can’t do it!! I must use a fake!
I’m sorry I could not bring myself to post the picture I took of my steak!!! I am cheating and posting this pretty picture from google instead. I sincerely apologize, and admit that I broke every law and code of conduct for blogging in posting this cheater of a picture. But aren’t you so much more likely to try this for dinner??
Joey and I’s new favorite restaurant as of late is Johnny Carino’s. Yes, it’s a chain restaurant. Apparently our palates are easy to please! Don’t get me wrong- one of my favorite things to do is try new restaurants and new foods with weird-sounding ingredients. However, there is something very comforting about good ol’ Italian comfort food. Joey and I went to Carino’s a number of times the past few months and I tried something different each time. Eggplant Parmesan… the amazing minestrone…. (which I learned the hard way in 4th grade is NOT pronouced ‘mine-strone’) and a number of other things. Joey, on the other hand, once he finds something he loves, he is faithful to it. Always. (Great quality for a husband, in my opinion!) He found the steak with Mushroom Gorgonzola Cream Sauce and has not parted from it since!
The other night, he suggested steaks for dinner and the first thing that popped into my mind was that cream sauce. I looked up recipe after recipe and none of them seemed quite right. I had only one taste of Joey’s steak at the restaurant, so I don’t know why I was so picky about the recipe, but I knew Joey would have high expectations since I was trying to mimic his favorite dish!
And after watching him intently while he ate his first bite to see his reaction (poor Joey, every time I make something new, I watch him like a hawk to gage his every expression, eye movement, or non-verbal cue to see if the recipe was a winner.) I knew this was one we’d make again. See, when Joey nods his head and is too busy planning ahead for the next bite, you can bet we did okay.
I do have to tell you- this is not in the category of healthy dinner ideas. Having said that… I am a firm believer in calling no food ‘off-limits’. I dabbled with that in college and did not like where that way of thinking landed me. Instead, moderation is the key to any healthy lifestyle, in my opinion. This is as healthy a dinner as any if you portion out the steak in a 3 or 4 oz cut, and drizzle a ladleful of the sauce over the top. The gorgonzola cream is SO packed with flavor that you don’t need a lot of it to get the full flavor with each bite! Guys… this is so good. Please try it. It takes roughly twenty minutes to make, and requires little to no cooking skills. Which means all of you are MORE than qualified 🙂 This would be great with either steak or chicken! The recipe is below, as usual!
How I have missed you! Thanks for the encouragement, all!
Mushroom Gorgonzola Cream Sauce
adapted from about 6 recipes and my own taste buds
1 cup + 3 Tbsp heavy cream
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 medium onion, minced finely
5 oz crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
8 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
Melt the butter over medium-high heat in a skillet. Once the butter is fully melted and sizzling, add the finely minced onion to the pan and let it brown. I suggest the onion be minced as finely as possible because you don’t want big chunks of onion getting in the way of the smoothness of the sauce. After fully browned, add the cup of cream and lower heat to let the cream simmer. Let the cream reduce until it is a slightly thicker consistency.
Add the gorgonzola after about 10-15 minutes of simmering. Stir until the gorgonzola is melted, and add more cream to thin out the sauce if it is too thick. While the cheese is melting, slice your mushrooms and quick saute them for about 3 minutes, to bring out the meaty flavor of the mushrooms. Try not to cook them too long! Once sauteed, toss them into the sauce and stir them in.
Add pepper and parsley for added flavor, to taste. Then top your steak with this heavenly sauce and tell me what you think! Or just take another bite… and another…