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Steak Canapés on Garlic Toasts
with Roquefort Cream and Caramelized Pears &Onions
For the Steak Ingredients:
2 Omaha Steaks Boneless Strip Steaks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons olive oil
16 small arugula leaves, for garnish (optional)
For the Caramelized Pears and Onions Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter
3 Bartlett or Anjou pears, ripe but still firm, peeled, cored, and sliced lengthwise into eighths
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 onions, thinly sliced
For the Roquefort Cream Ingredients:
8 ounces Roquefort cheese, softened
¼ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ½ teaspoons white wine Worcestershire sauce or regular Worcestershire sauce
Freshly ground white pepper to taste
For the Garlic Toasts Ingredients:
1 small French baguette (at least 8 inches long)
3 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cloves garlic, minced
- To prepare the pears and onions, melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Place the pears in the pan in a single layer and sauté for 5 minutes on each side. Sprinkle the sugar over the pears and continue to sauté for about 5 minutes longer on each side, or until cooked through but not mushy. Remove the pears and let cool. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel. Heat the olive oil in the pan and sauté the onions over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside.
- For the Roquefort cream, combine the Roquefort, heavy cream, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the baguette on the diagonal into ½ -inch slices. (You will need 16 slices.) Combine the butter and garlic and spread a thin layer on each slice of bread. Place the bread, garlic-side up, on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
- Season the steaks with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a cast-iron skillet and sear the steaks over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes on each side for medium-rare, 4 minutes for medium or to the desired doneness. Remove from the pan and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice the steaks against the grain into ¼-inch strips that are long enough to fit the toast slices.
- To assemble the canapés, spread 1 tablespoon of Roquefort cream on each garlic toast. Lay 2 slices of steak on top of the cream. Arrange 1 slice of caramelized pear and some of the onions on top of the steak. Garnish with the arugula. Serve at room temperature.
Serves: 4 to 8 (16 Canapés)
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