Broiled Spicy Steak with Garlic Chips on Gorgonzola Crostini

December  4, 2009
2 Ratings
Photo by Mark Weinberg
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

This is one of my favorite ways to have steak: spice rubbed steak on toast with Gorgonzola cheese. The garlic chips contribute texture and a great flavor combo. I've done this with various cuts of beef, and like NY strip steak that's got some good fat marbling or rib-eye steak the best. Any bread will likely work, but I typically use Pugliese or Ciabatta for the sturdiness and crustiness of the bread. - ChezSuzanne —TheWimpyVegetarian

Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe is chock-full of flavor, not to mention some great new techniques. We don't know about you, but we both find compound butter lots of fun to make -- and this version, which incorporates smoky chipotles and cilantro, is tasty enough on its own to make a simple steak sing. But ChezSuzanne doesn't stop with compound butter. She marinates the steaks in fresh garlic and coats them with a spicy-sweet rub; once they're broiled, she rests the steaks on gorgonzola crostini before topping them with the chipotle butter and our favorite new garnish: lightly candied garlic chips (a pinch of sugar makes all the difference). There's a lot going on here, but it all comes together somehow. One note: the recipe makes a lot of spice rub, and you're supposed to add some of the leftover to the gorgonzola toast but we recommend skipping this step. - A&M —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, peeled, smashed and chopped
  • 2 steaks, either NY strips with good fat marbling or rib-eye steaks
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
  • 4 sprigs cilantro, minced
  • 2 slices bread sliced long enough to accomodate the steak
  • 1/4 cup Gorgonzola blue cheese
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 large garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • pinch sugar
  1. Salt the steaks and marinate them in 3 Tablespoons of olive oil and 4 smashed and chopped garlic cloves while the steaks come to room temperature (about 1 hour).
  2. Make some compound butter by mashing together the butter, chipotle peppers and cilantro. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the spice rub by combining the brown sugar, coriander, ground chipotle pepper powder, salt, pepper, paprika and oregano together. When the steaks finish marinating, rub the spice mixture into both sides of the steaks, reserving 1/3 of the mixture to sprinkle on the cheese.
  4. Broil the steaks under the broiler for 6 minutes per side for medium rare with 1 inch thick steaks. While they're broiling, saute the garlic chips in 2 Tablespoons of olive oil with a pinch of sugar sprinkled on the chips.
  5. When the steaks are done, remove from the oven. While they rest, broil the bread slices. Once both sides have toasted, put the gorgonzola cheese on the toast, sprinkle on the rest of the spice rub, and put back under the broiler until melted, about 1 minute. Remove from the oven.
  6. Now you're ready to assemble. Put the steak on the toast allowing the cheese to squeeze out a bit. Sprinkle the garlic chips on top and add a small scoop of compound butter.
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15 Reviews

rederin October 28, 2012
My husband and I both really enjoyed this. Tasty, easy, and elegant! I served it with a simple arugula salad.
TheWimpyVegetarian October 29, 2012
Hey, thanks for letting me know! I'm so glad you and your hubby liked it :-)
bean April 2, 2011
I made this last night for two of my best guy friends. I was concerned because I hadn't made the recipe before and didn't know if it would come out good, as amazing as the photo looked. The Result: All I'll say is that they cleaned all the dishes and my kitchen. Double thumbs up. Thank you!! This is officially in my recipe book now.
TheWimpyVegetarian April 4, 2011
Thanks for letting me know, bean! I'm so glad you and the guys liked it so much! This is definitely my husband's favorite way that I make steak. In fact, I'm making this for him tonight!
roryrabbitfield December 20, 2009
I meant to write (in my previous comment) that "I am sure that it would have been better with" (not without!) the garlic chips & compound butter.
roryrabbitfield December 20, 2009
I made this tonight, after *days* of anticipation. I bought the most expensive steak I'd ever bought (at Dean & Deluca), and it was worth it. I always simplify recipes, and so here I ended up skipping both the compound butter and the fried garlic chips. I am sure that it would have been better without, and it would not have been difficult to include both of those, but it just wasn't what I wanted to do. I also used a packaged sweet-spicy rub that I bought in a store; it has most of the same ingredients. I loved the spice rub on the steak, I had never done that before. The gorgozola toasts were an amazing accompaniment to the meat. I served it with a salad (mizuna, apples, radish, goat cheese) and it was an amazing meal. The best part was that my kids happily ate some of the steak without even noticing that there were spices involved (they normally wont' touch anything with more than 1 ingredient). Thanks for a great recipe. I can't wait to make this again.
TheWimpyVegetarian December 15, 2009
Thanks everyone for your kind comments through the week. It's been a lot of fun this week having a recipe of mine profiled as a finalist. Kind of like Queen for Day, or Week. Thanks Amanda and Merrill for selecting it as a finalist and big thanks go out to those of you who voted for this recipe this week. And good luck to everyone in the contest!
Alpha O. December 15, 2009
Somewhere in my cooking experience, there is a rule that says you never try a new receipe with guest. Well, I broke the rule and tried the Steak with Spicy Butter. This was a big hit and enjoyed by all prior to their departure to the Monday Night Footbal game to see the 49ers! Nice favors blended together with a sweet "pop"!
Gale December 14, 2009
Really a good recipe (had it last night). The bit of sugar with the garlic is brilliant.
Gmarkb December 11, 2009
I've got abeautiful bone-in sirloin, would that work with this recipe?
TheWimpyVegetarian December 11, 2009
Absolutely! The bone should add some additional flavor to the meat. Let me know how it works.
theicp December 11, 2009
This picture totally made my mouth water - this is a great recipe. Can't wait to try it!
TheWimpyVegetarian December 11, 2009
Thanks so much! I'm really excited to have it profiled as a finalist. Let me know how it works out.
theicp December 15, 2009
Will do! I plan on making it for Christmas dinner only with tenderloin instead. Do you that will work?
TheWimpyVegetarian December 15, 2009
Hi Internet Cooking Princess - yes, a tenderloin should work just fine with this recipe.