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We don’t do a lot of sauces for steak. Dragging fresh slices of steak through the juices, seasonings, and melted butter on the cutting board is my standard MO. But every now and then, I like to shake things up and get a little saucy like I did with this Portobello Marsala Strip Steak.
The salty sweet flavor of the sauce and mushrooms pairs excellently with the steak.

Slight confession, we typically split a steak between the two of us for dinner because our appetites have slowed down as we have gotten older. The good news is that means we get to have steaks for dinner two nights in a row. 
The full recipe is at the bottom of the post. Here are a few pictures and tips from the cooks.
USDA Prime is the grade, Certified Angus Beef® is the brand. How is the brand more selective? For one, USDA allows for the steer to be A or B maturity for prime beef. However, Certified Angus Beef’s 10 science-based standards allow only for A maturity.
In addition to the USDA grade and brand name, I also consider the color and marbling. I look for a steak that is deep red like this and has lots of white flecks (smaller the better) evenly distributed across the steak.

As I mentioned, often have this two nights in a row. In this mise en place, you can see we used black pepper and garlic salt for the seasoning.
In this mise en place, I used my NMT Umami Steak Seasoning which harnesses the natural flavor enhancers found in mushrooms. Of course, in both set ups, you see my trusty Thermapen instant read thermometer, the gold standard for food thermometers. Thermoworks is closing out the Thermapen Mk4’s for just $69 right now (usually they are $90).
It was a sunny, mild day so I rolled my Challenger Designs Torch cart out from under the gazebo.
Make sure to give your cast iron skillet adequate time to preheat, about 5 minutes should get it to 500°f. If the steak doesn’t sizzle and smoke when you put it on, the skillet isn’t hot enough.
The advantage to a skillet over grill grates is that you get an even, flavorful crust like this from a skillet. Grill marks look nice too and I still grill steaks, but I probably use a skillet 7 out of 10 times. 
Cook times on a skillet are often shorter, especially with thinner steaks like these strips, so keep your eye on your steaks and have a fast reading thermometer.
Portobello and cremini mushrooms are the same mushroom at different maturities, so you may find these labeled as Portobello, cremini, or even "baby bellas". It doesn’t matter, just make sure to slice them thinly for quick cooking and you’ll want about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of them after slicing.
At these temps, the mushrooms will cook quickly like they do in stir fry.
Marsala has a low amount of alcohol so you don’t need to worry about possible eruptions of flame like can happen with bourbon or tequila. But as with adding any liquid to a hot skillet, still be careful to avoid steam burns.
When the marsala is almost dry like this, it is time to add the beef stock. This skillet is the 1930’s era Griswold that I restored last year.
This is after adding the stock, seasoning, and slurry. Tip: I don’t use the full cup of stock at first. I use about 2/3 to 3/4ths of the reduced stock. If the sauce gets too thick, then I whisk in some more stock to get the consistency that I like.
This picture is terrible but I want to point out something about fortifying the sauce with butter.  First, be sure to use cold butter for the final step. Secondly, keep the butter moving around the skillet until it has melted and combined with the sauce, so it emulsifies. This will keep your sauce from splitting.
The sweet and salty sauce enhances the flavor of the steak without covering it up. 
When it comes to sauced steaks, this Portobello Marsala sauce and our gorgonzola sauce are two of my favorites.

Portobello Marsala Strip SteaksBy www.nibblemethis.com
Published 07/26/2021
Pan seared NY Strip Steaks with sliced Portobello mushrooms in a marsala sauce served over noodles.
Ingredients2 10-ounce Certified Angus Beef® Brand NY Strip Steakshigh temperature cooking oil such as canola, peanut, etc2 1/2 teaspoons steak seasoning (see notes)2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided6 medium-sized portobello mushrooms, stems removed, caps thinly sliced1 tablespoon finely diced shallot1/2 cup marsala wine1 cup reduced beef stock (see notes)4 ounces dry Angel Hair pasta, cooked according to directionsSlurry made by whisking 1 tablespoon corn starch with 1 tablespoon of cold water together1 green onion, slicedInstructionsPreheat the grill to 500°f. Set up the grill for direct heat (cooking directly above the heat) and light the grill. Five minutes before cooking , add a cast-iron skillet or other grill-safe skillet to the grill and allow it to preheat.Sear the steaks. Lightly coat the steaks with about 1 teaspoon each of the cooking oil. Season each steak with about 1 teaspoon of the steak seasoning. Place the steaks in the skillet and cook 2-3 minutes on each side, until the internal temperature reaches 125°f for medium-rare. Remove to a resting rack and keep warm.Make the sauceSaute the mushrooms. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet and stir in the mushrooms to coat them. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are wilting and giving off their moisture, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the shallot and cook until the shallot is tender and transluscent, another 1-2 minutes.Stir in the marsala wine and leave the grill open so the wine will evaporate down to just a tablespoon or so, about 2 minutes.Stir in the stock and the final 1/2 teaspoon of the steak seasoning. Allow to come to a simmer.Whisk in the slurry and cook until the sauce thickens, about 30-60 seconds.Remove from heat and slowly stir the cold butter until it is dissolved. Serve. Divide the pasta between two plates and top with the sauce. Slice the steak and place on the pasta. Garnish with green onions.Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins. Cook time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 25 mins.
Tags: steak, skillet, mushroomsNotes
Steak seasoning – I have used this same recipe using several steak seasonings so use your favorite. I often use my NMT Umami Steak Seasoning recipe. I also enjoy using using a 1:1 mix of dustless coarse black pepper and garlic salt.Reduced beef stock – Reducing the beef stock will concentrate the flavor and add body to the final sauce. Place 2 cups of beef stock in a pot over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Lower heat to maintain a steady simmer until the stock has reduced in volume by half to one cup, which should take about 20 minutes.

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Published Date: 07/26/21

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This recipe is a simple but delicious way to enjoy your pork chops with mushroom gravy. Using a simple skillet, you can make this dish quickly and easily. The butter, mushrooms, onions, and garlic add extra flavor to this recipe. It can be made ahead and reheated minutes before serving.

First, heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tsp. olive oil to the pan. Add the zucchini and cook until lightly browned on both sides. Next, add the peas and stir well. Let them heat through. Stir in the melted butter. Return the pan to medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until they begin to brown. Serve the pork chops and sauce on top, or alongside the vegetables.

If you are making a bone-in chop, you’ll need to cook it for four to six minutes on the stovetop. Thick chops may take up to eight minutes. During this time, the chops will finish cooking. Once done, keep them warm while you prepare the gravy.

If you want to make this dish faster, you can use sliced mushrooms instead of chopping them. You can also use button mushrooms or Baby Bella mushrooms. The mushrooms will keep their color and flavor much better if they are cooked separately. You can use a kitchen tong to flip the chop halfway through. Once you’ve reached the desired doneness, you can serve your pork chop with mushroom gravy over cornbread.

A pork chop with mushroom gravy is a perfect family meal. It is easy to make and is full of rich, delicious flavors. It tastes like a gourmet dinner, but is surprisingly affordable. It can be made on a tight budget, and is sure to satisfy the whole family. If you don’t have time to prepare the mushrooms, consider purchasing pre-sliced mushrooms. White button and cremini mushrooms are ideal.

To make this recipe, you will need a skillet with olive oil. Heat it over medium heat. Add the pork chops and mushrooms and cook for about five minutes on each side. The mushrooms should be golden brown. Once the chops are done, you can add the chicken broth, garlic cloves, and butter. Stir to combine. Cook the mixture for five minutes or until it thickens. Serve it over mashed potatoes.

This recipe can be made gluten free, too. Instead of heavy cream, you can use non-dairy milk such as almond, coconut, or cashew milk. You can also substitute beef stock. The recipe can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Make sure to have an instant read thermometer on hand, as it will help you ensure the meat is cooked to perfection.

The ingredients for this meal are easy to prepare and are delicious. You can also make a simple cornbread or corn pudding. It will add a sweet and savory touch to your dinner. In addition, it will be relatively healthy for you.

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Beef stew is one of those comforting and classic recipes that you can’t go wrong with. With just a few ingredients and an easy recipe, you can have a delicious, satisfying meal in no time. It’s a great way to enjoy beef during the cold winter months. It’s easy to make, and the beef coats in a rich and flavorful sauce.

To cook this stew, start by browning the beef. Once the beef has browning, add in the vegetables, herbs, and broth. Simmer for approximately 90 minutes, or until the vegetables and herbs are tender and the meat has reached the desired tenderness. You can serve this delicious stew with rice or bread to make it more filling.

Beef stew is traditionally made using a single pan on the stovetop. To add variety to the dish, you can substitute beef with chuck roast, sliced carrots, or baby carrots. Potatoes are also great for the base of the stew, and you can use any kind of potato. Yukon gold or Idaho potatoes are great choices. You can also use stew meat, which is pre-cubed beef packaged for stewing.

Another option is to use a package of frozen mixed vegetables. This will save you time and effort. The package includes carrots, celery, onion, bell pepper, and potatoes. You don’t have to peel or de-skin them – all you need to do is add them to the stew mixture and simmer. The dish will take about four hours to cook.

You can also prepare beef stew the day before. To speed up the cooking process, you can use a Dutch oven. To make the stew thicker, you can leave it in the refrigerator overnight, while the meat cooks. You can also add more meat or vegetables to the stew. Then, remove the bay leaf and serve the stew.

Classic Homemade Beef Stew is an easy to prepare dish that will warm your heart. Made with plenty of vegetables and a rich wine broth, this hearty soup is the ultimate comfort food. It’s perfect served with rustic bread. Tender bites of beef, creamy potatoes, and nutritious carrots are complemented by a luscious, flavorful broth.

Beef stew can be cooked on the stovetop or in a crockpot. The cooking time depends on the ingredients and how tender you want the meat to be. Using the stovetop method, you’ll need about 60 minutes on low heat. If you prefer the crockpot method, you can set it to cook for eight to twelve hours. This method is not only faster, but it also produces a more flavorful dish.

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French steaks are traditionally undercooked, but that doesn’t have to be the case. While they’re usually served raw at restaurants, French steaks are actually cooked to 5 different degrees of doneness. You can have them cooked au bleu, or nearly raw, by turning the heat to the outside. Here are some tips to make sure your steaks are perfectly done.

First, understand the differences between the French cuts of steak. The French call steak “point” when it is perfectly cooked. This is different from what we consider to be medium-rare in the US. It’s actually closer to rare than to medium. You can also find other cuts in France, such as the New York strip and rib steak.

French steaks are often served with red wine and butter. They are seasoned with garlic and fine herbs. They’re also served with fondue d’echalottes, a thick stew of pink shallots. When choosing the steak to make, be sure to remove it from the fridge at least an hour before cooking it. You can marinate it overnight in alcohol, but you shouldn’t use it during the cooking process because alcohol draws moisture out of the meat.

One of the biggest differences between French and American steaks is the cut of meat. In France, there are 30 different cuts of beef. Most French steaks come from the belly of the cow, the under loin, and the top of the leg. The motivation behind this practice dates back to the tough times in France. Historically, butchers kept these unattractive parts for themselves. But now, those cuts can be as expensive as loin steaks.

The next step is to cook the steak on a hot pan. This way, the fats will sizzle immediately. Olive oil will not sizzle at high temperatures, so make sure you use rapeseed, peanut, or sunflower oil. When you cook a steak with this type of oil, you should smear some of the oil onto the steak to keep it moist.

You should also check the degree of doneness. Steaks are usually served medium to well done. If you are unsure, you can ask the server to cook it to a higher degree if it isn’t done yet. Luckily, they’re used to it and will understand you. However, if you want the steak to be medium-rare, then you’ll have to order it in a slightly different way.

Another important difference between American and French steaks is the way they are cooked. A steak that is cooked bien cuit is never as tender as a steak that’s been cooked to the point. Moreover, the bacteria that normally live on raw meat are killed immediately after being seared. In short, French steaks are not only delicious, but they’re also healthy.

French steaks come with a lot of flavor and are often served with a sauce. A steak served this way is considered to be aphrodisiac. And if you can’t decide which steak to order, consider ordering a seasoned one. You might be surprised at the range of choices.

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