September 23rd, 2014

Fall Ingredients – Best Mushrooms for Steak


Beautiful fall! It’s here and it’s time to take advantage of all of fall’s bounty.

Mushrooms are a great start! So what are the best mushrooms to accompany a beautiful steak?

Shiitake. Served with flank steak, their smoky taste really enhances the flavor in the beef.

Portobello. This is a very common steak accompaniment because they have a very similar taste to steak. A top sirloin steak is perfect prepared in a skillet with the mushrooms.

Oyster mushrooms. These mushrooms are a wonderful addition to a pepper steak dish. They’re very peppery and add delicious flavor.

The time is right so have fun playing with your own version of mushrooms and steak this fall!

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August 14th, 2009

Pepper-Crusted Steaks


I absolutely love peppercorn on steak. It’s so, so tasty and it brings out the steak’s natural flavor.

And I really love when you get to crack it with a mallet. Hi-yahhhhh!!! (That’s my fake karate chop sound.)

This recipe has it all!

Pepper-Crusted Steaks with Worcestershire-Glazed Portobellos


4 14- to 16-ounce New York strip steaks (each about 1 to 1 1/4 inches thick)

3 tablespoons black peppercorns, cracked with mallet

2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) butter

4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1 pound portobello mushrooms, cut into 1/3-inch-thick slices


Sprinkle steaks with cracked peppercorns and coarse salt. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

Melt 1/2 cup butter in large skillet over medium heat. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and vinegar. Stir in mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt. Remove from heat.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill steaks until cooked to desired doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to plates. Top each steak with 1/2 tablespoon butter. Tent with foil to keep warm. Grill mushrooms until soft and beginning to release juices, about 3 minutes per side. Divide mushrooms among steaks and serve.

Test-kitchen tip:

To make crisscross grill marks, place steaks on the grill pointing to ten o’clock. Halfway through cooking on one side, turn steaks to point to 2 o’clock. Turn steaks over and repeat.

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