Smoked Paprika-Rubbed Steaks with Valdeón Butter
- ACTIVE: 25 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
This dish is a brilliant combination of robust flavors. Tender rib eye gets flavored by the smoky garlic marinade as well as by a pungent blue-cheese butter that melts down the sides. Any creamy blue would be terrific here, but Valdeón, a maple leaf–wrapped cheese from Picos de Europa, adds complexity.
- 4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon Pimentón de la Vera (smoked Spanish paprika)
- Pinch of cayenne
- Pinch of dried oregano
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Four 10-ounce rib-eye steaks, about 1 inch thick
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
- 1 scallion, dark-green part only, finely chopped
- 2 ounces Valdeón or other intense and creamy blue cheese, crumbled (1/3 packed cup), at room temperature
- On a work surface, using the flat side of a chef's knife, mash the garlic to a paste with the salt. Scrape the garlic into a small bowl. Stir in the paprika, cayenne and oregano. Gradually stir in the olive oil. Spread the mixture on a large platter, add the steaks and turn to coat, rubbing in the marinade. Let stand at room temperature for 1 to 4 hours or refrigerate overnight.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mash the butter with the shallot and scallion. Stir in the Valdeón. Scrape the blue cheese butter onto a sheet of plastic wrap and pat it into a 4-inch log. Wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes.
- Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Scrape some of the marinade off the steaks and grill over a medium-hot fire, turning once, about 8 minutes for medium-rare meat. Slice the butter 1 inch thick, set a pat on each steak and serve.