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How To Replicate Two Favorite Steakhouse Sauces At Home

by Ethan Stone

There's nothing like a delicious meal at your favorite steakhouse. If you are looking for a new place that serves steak, try Bardi's Steak House. If can't eat out, a steakhouse meal at home is the next best thing. Make the experience a little more authentic by creating one of these steakhouse-style sauces to pair with your meat.

1. Mushroom and Red Wine Sauce

Sauteed mushrooms pair beautifully with tender steak, and red wine brings out the flavor in both the mushrooms and the meat. Serve this sauce over ribeyes or strip steaks, since these cuts can stand up to the strong flavors in the sauce. The recipe makes enough to top 2 or 3 steaks.

You'll need:

  • 1 cup button mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Saute the mushrooms in the butter until tender.
  2. Pour the red wine and beef broth into the pan, and bring to a simmer.
  3. Simmer for 3 minutes,
  4. Sprinkle the cornstarch into the pan, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the sauce thickens.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve over your steaks.

Bleu Cheese Mornay Sauce

Creamy mornay sauce with blue cheese is a welcome addition to most any cut of steak. Instead of serving this sauce over the steak, serve it in a cup on the side, and dip your slices of meat into it. Gorgonzola gives the sauce a strong bleu cheese flavor. Feel free to use a milder bleu cheese, such as Danish bleu, if you prefer. The recipe makes about 3 to 4 servings, and the leftovers can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days.

You'll need:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 punch cayenne pepper
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the flour, and continue heating and stirring for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour the milk into the pan, whisking constantly.
  4. Continue heating the mixture over medium heat until thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  5. Stir in the cayenne pepper, salt and blue cheese until the cheese melts and the sauce becomes uniform.

While it's true that a good steak can stand on its own, sometimes a special sauce can make a steakhouse-style meal at home more unique. Try these two sauces the next time you prepare steak for someone special. They're sure to become favorites.

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