February 23, 2009

Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Blue Cheese and Basil Compound Butter

The other day the Honey wanted steak (again!) so I wanted to do something to make it a little more exciting. Steak is always good... but we eat it fairly often and the usual ribeye on the grill gets a little boring to me. So, I decided to make up a compound butter using what we had on hand and it turned out SO delicious! Basic, but wow did it make that steak sing! I made a fairly large amount... more than we could use for one meal, so the next day I took the leftover butter and tossed it was some hot penne pasta... and it was *really* good. It made a wonderful side dish... so wonderful in fact that I will make too much of this butter again the next time, just to use on some pasta :)

Also, I would highly recommend getting your hands on a flat iron steak... this was my first time cooking with it and it was *really* good. Normally we are ribeye and filet people, but the flat iron steak was excellent. (And more economical to boot, always a good thing these days!)

Blue Cheese and Basil Butter
1/2 pound unsalted Irish butter, softened. ( I used Kerrygold brand)
8 oz good quality blue cheese at room temperature. (I used Maytag blue cheese)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil.
1/4 cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley.
2 cloves garlic minced very finely.
sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Mash the butter and blue cheese together with a fork until well combined. Add in chopped basil, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well. Transfer mixture onto a sheet of plastic wrap and form into a log, wrap the log well in plastic and refrigerate until firm. When you are ready to serve, cut the log into 1/2 inch thick coins. Serve atop hot steak and allow to melt.


  1. That looks wonderful! I'm so happy not to be a vegan! I can enjoy these kinds of wonderful dishes! Black and blue and jealous all over!


  2. Yum the best of both worlds butter and blue cheese. Count me in. And I will have to the the hub about flat iron as we are strip and filet people too.

  3. oooo this looks amazing. I've avoided beef for awhile now, but you just had to go and post this.

  4. That looks just divine, such a devilish combination, naughty and decadent.. just how I like it...yum

  5. OH that looks awesome!! I'm making a steak right now, and i'm making a horseradish sauce... wish I'd seen this BEFORE I went to the store!

  6. That looks unreal, I love it. Compound butter rules, I used some on some strip steaks a while ago. Didn't get any decent pictures though.

  7. That blue cheese basil compound butter is awesome! Yum!

  8. I've always wanted to try making a compound butter. Love the flavor combination you made... right up my alley!

  9. I love steak, and this compound butter really takes it over the top!

  10. Wow! My husband would really love this.

  11. You're killin' me! Love these flavors together. Oh and a glass of red wine. That, too. :D


  12. Oh yummy, this looks so moist and juicy. Come to think of it, it's been ages since I had a steak!

  13. My Goodness, does this ever look good. I love what a flavored butter does to a steak!

  14. That looks so freaking good! Love a good steak and blue cheese :)
    I made a steak and brie sandwich over the weekend. Will be posting later this week.

  15. Me again - I tweeted it as well!
    Thanks again for this giveaway. It is a great one.

  16. So easy and delicious! Maybe you should be packaging that butter to sell :0

  17. Good gravy! My heart just stopped - it looks divine!

  18. Forget the steak just give me the DAMN butter!! OMG that looks incredible.... So does the steak!!! This with a big bad glass of CAB and I am in heaven!!

  19. This looks like a wonderful recipe for steak!-I love compound butters, they are simple and decadent at the same time!

  20. Great looking steak! I love the big pile of mushrooms you served it with too.

  21. simple recipe, and so beautiful. yum. i love the way that, just by adding compound butter to a steak, you've kicked up the flavor so dramatically.

  22. ebagger ... thank you Emily :) I couldn't do vegetarian... I like the treat with feet too much :)

    Katie ... The flat iron steak is incredibly good :) I do hope you'll try it! Thanks!

    Nila Rosa... avoided beef??? Oh no no no! Why? :) Thank you!

    Ricardo... that's the way I roll, yo :) thank you!

    Mara @ What's For Dinner?... there is always a next time... :) thanks!

    The Duo Dishes.... thank you :) *hug*

    Bob ... well, these pictures were not the best, for sure... but I think the deliciousness shows through! Thank you!

    5 Star Foodie... Thank you so much! :)

    Patsyk... oh you totally should, so simple and so good! Thanks!

    Sara... it really did and it was so simple and yummy! Thank you :)

    Lisa... Men love meat... and butter and cheese... yes, they do :) thank you!

    The Hungry Mouse... mmmhmm... nice big glass of red, you got it babe :) Thanks!

    Jo... have some... today! :) thank you!

    Donna-FFW... it really kicked it up a notch! Thanks!

    Olga ... thank you hon... your steak sandwich was awesome! Yummy!

    CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta... hahah... thanks for the thought... somehow though I think making it yourself is better ;)

    Tangled Noodle.... aww thank you! :)

    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer.... indeed... BIG BIG glass of Cab :) Thank you!

    Deborah Dowd... thanks :) Nice to "meet" you!

    Maggie ... if you have steak, you must have the 'shrooms! thank you :)

    Cate ... thank you so much :)

  23. This is exactly how I would want my steak to look after being sliced. Perfect!

  24. Sweet Jesus! How did I miss this recipe?!
    I am so craving steak, and flat-iron steak is my new favorite cut of meat-- budget filet mignon!

    This is on the grill, TONIGHT...tomorrow I'll make the poached salmon. I want meat.

    Great recipe!

  25. Wonderful. Love the combo of blue cheese and beef.

  26. Jude ... thank you :) I was happy!

    A Feast for the Eyes.... thank you so much! I hope you enjoyed it!

    glamah16... me too! so so good :) thank you!

  27. I am trying this tomorrow. I'll shoot it, but I don't think it will be as good as your picture.


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