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Coffee Porter Ribeye with Blue Cheese-Walnut Butter

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Start with the premium cut of your choice (ribeye is ours, but you’d do no wrong with a porterhouse, strip steak or tenderloin). Top your perfectly seared steak with a decadent Maytag blue cheese butter, then gild the lily with a luscious coffee porter-based jus. The beer’s roasted coffee and bittersweet notes make for a complex-tasting sauce that belies its mad simplicity. Now there’s a steak worth its buzz.

Makes: 4

  • 2 tablespoons walnuts
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 12 ounces Maytag blue cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • 4 12-ounce boneless ribeye steaks
  • Kosher salt and fresh-ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 12 cup Philadelphia Brewing Joe Coffee Porter
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 34 teaspoon cornstarch


• Heat a small skillet over medium heat until hot. Add the walnuts and cook, tossing, until fragrant and lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board. Cool completely, then finely chop.

• Rub the cut garlic clove over the bottom of a small bowl; discard garlic. Add the butter and blue cheese, and using a fork, blend together. Stir in the walnuts, chives, and a grind of black pepper. Transfer the mixture to a piece of plastic wrap, form into a log and chill. (The butter can be made up to 3 days ahead and refrigerated.)

• Let steaks stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking. Heat two large heavy skillets (cast iron are best) over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking. Season steaks very generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Add 1 teaspoon oil to each skillet, swirl to coat; place two steaks in each pan. Cook the steaks to desired doneness, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare, depending on thickness. Transfer the steaks to a platter, tent with foil, and let rest 5 minutes.

• While steaks rest, combine the porter and maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. In a small dish, combine the cornstarch with 1 teaspoon water; whisk into the porter mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 2 minutes.

• Top each steak with a generous slice of the blue cheese butter, and spoon some of the porter sauce alongside them.


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