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New York Steak with Mushrooms
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Sauté the shiitake mushrooms until they begin to brown slightly.
Carefully pour the cognac into the sauté pan and ignite.
Return the mushrooms and their juice to the sauce.
Add the butter, then stir in the enoki mushrooms.

New York Steak with Mushrooms

Serves 4

This recipe calls for scallions or new onions. New onions are similar to scallions or green onions, but slightly larger and the bulb end is rounder. If you can find new onions (try your local farmer’s market), you’ll appreciate the more assertive flavor and your guests will wonder how you managed to create such a distinctive taste.

Ingredients
  • 12 scallions or new onions
  • 4 New York Strip steaks (8 to 10 ounces each), cut 1-inch thick
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 pound fresh shiitake (or oyster) mushrooms, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/3 cup Cognac or brandy
  • 2 cups beef stock, reduced to 1 cup (in a skillet)
  • 1 package enoki mushrooms, stemmed (available at many supermarkets)
Method
  1. Heat a grill. When hot, grill the onions for about 2 minutes on each side, or until they are tender but crunchy. If you don’t have a grill, blanch the onions in boiling salted water. Drain and keep warm.
  2. Season the steaks on both sides with salt and pepper. Reserve.
  3. In a heavy skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of butter until bubbling slightly. Cook the shiitakes over high heat until they begin to brown slightly. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Remove from the pan and keep warm.
  4. Carefully pour the Cognac or brandy into the hot skillet and ignite. Let the flame die out naturally. Reduce the Cognac to 2 tablespoons, scraping any loose bits that cling to the bottom of the pan. Stir in the reduced beef stock. Reduce the sauce until slightly thickened, but still very light. Return the mushrooms and their juice to the sauce and reduce more if necessary. Correct the seasonings.
  5. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, a little at a time. Stir in the enoki mushrooms. Set the sauce aside and keep warm.
  6. Grill the steaks on the preheated grill for 3 minutes on each side, or sauté them in a very hot skillet with a little oil for 3 minutes on each side, or until the meat is medium rare. Remove from the heat.
  7. If necessary, reheat the sauce very gently.
Presentation

Divide the scallions or new onions equally among 4 warm dinner plates. Spoon the mushroom sauce over the onions. Place a steak in the middle of each plate. Serve immediately.

Wine Recommendation:

I love all the great Cabernet Sauvignons of the Napa Valley with steak. Especially the wines of Heitz Cellars, Grgich Hills, Silver Oak and Caymus. If you can find a Robert Mondavi Reserve at your wine shop you’ll discover one of my favorites and the perfect partner for this dish.
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