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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Sauce (with steak)

Submitted by Heather

My family has a tradition each Christmas season, where every member of the family randomly picks a dinner category (main dish, beverage, etc.) out of a hat.  This allows each person full license to pick whatever they want to in that category - it doesn't have to match the rest of the meal.  Some years we've had really wacky combinations - smoothies, Cheetos, burritos, scalloped potatoes, etc.
This year we actually had a very traditional meal.  Except for the strawberry and raspberry shakes which were our beverages, that is.  One of my children picked steak for the main course.  I rarely make steak, so I looked around for some recipes, since I didn't want to just plunk down a hunk of meat for the meal.  I found a few good suggestions, but was won over by the praises given to this caramelized onion and blue cheese sauce.
If you think the potatoes look weird, just hold on!  They're wonderful and my family LOVED them.  Recipe coming soon!)
Even if you think you don't like blue cheese, give this sauce a chance!  I wasn't super excited about a recipe with blue cheese.  I don't hate blue cheese, but I don't love it either.  But I was looking for something to jazz up the steaks, so I went for it.  I'm so glad I did, because most of the family ended up loving it.  And I ate it for days (since I'd doubled the recipe)!  If you really, really don't like blue cheese, I think you can safely substitute another cheese for it, though it may be best to have an easy melting cheese rather than cheddar, etc.  Even just the caramelized onions with cream are good enough on their own, maybe with a little extra salt and pepper thrown in.  When the steak was gone and we still had some sauce left, we just slathered our leftover potatoes with it and might have loved it even more.


2 whole Ribeye Steaks
2 Tablespoons Butter
4 Tablespoons Butter
1 whole Very Large Yellow Onion, Sliced
1 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Crumbled Blue Cheese
Preparation Instructions:
Salt and pepper both sides of the steaks. Grill in 2 tablespoons butter until medium rare.

Saute onions in 4 tablespoons butter over high heat. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until dark and caramelized. Reduce heat to simmer and pour in cream. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until reduced by half. Stir in blue cheese until melted. Serve steaks on generous portion of sauce.

Source:  thepioneerwoman.com