This intense sauce is thickened with bread and enriched with dark stout. It's great on any steak, particularly a thick cut like this rib eye. Also accompanying the beef: a hearty mix of sautéed onions and brussels sprouts.
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2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup thinly sliced Spanish onion
1/2 cup dark stout
1/2 cup heavy cream
One 1/2-inch-thick slice of sourdough bread, crusts removed and bread diced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 pound brussels sprouts, halved or quartered if large
8 medium cipollini onions, peeled and halved lengthwise
4 medium spring onions, quartered lengthwise, or 12 large scallions, cut into 2-inch lengths
One 1 1/2-pound, boneless rib eye steak, about 1 1/2 inches thick
Vegetable oil, for brushing
How to Make It
Step 1 Make the Sauce
In a medium saucepan, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, about 7 minutes. Add the stout, cream and bread and bring just to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the bread is very soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a blender and puree until smooth. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and keep warm over very low heat.
Step 2 Make the Vegetables
In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the brussels sprouts and cipollinis and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until just starting to brown, 5 minutes. Add the spring onions and 1 cup of water and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are crisp-tender and the water is absorbed, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.
Step 3 Grill the Rib Eye
Light a grill. Brush the steak with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until charred outside and medium-rare within, 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a carving board and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice the steak against the grain and serve with the vegetables and stout sauce.
The stout sauce can be refrigerated overnight. Reheat gently, stirring in a little water to thin if necessary.
The stout cream sauce here makes this a logical match for a dark, malty beer.
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