Thursday, 3 November 2016

Blue Cheese Butter with walnuts and Lime - perfect for a panfried steak

The aroma of blue cheese melting over seared steak is one that always makes my mouth water - in fact it's watering now just thinking about it! - So making up a butter flavoured with blue cheese as an accompaniment is not unusual in our house. I love the way the butter and cheese melts into the beef juices in the pan to make a deep, rich flavoured sauce.

Last week I was cooking for myself and decided to change things up a bit - it's safer to mess around with a meal when it's just for yourself - if it goes wrong no one will ever know!! -  I added a few extras to the butter, and it was good, so good in fact, that I had to make it again, only a few days later, just to photograph and write up the recipe for you guys - the sacrifices I have to make...........

Recipe - enough for two

2 tablespoons butter - softened
2oz blue cheese  - Stilton is the best
zest 1 lime
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1oz walnuts
salt if butter is unsalted

Grate or crumble the cheese into a bowl. Add the butter and, using a fork, start to combine the two together. As they start to mix add the zest and mustard and continue to mix. Once you start to see it form a thick buttery mass switch to a wooden spoon and gently fold in your walnuts. Add salt if need be.

Once you have a lovely thick butter, cover and place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to just allow it to firm up a bit.

When your ready to cook. Cook the steak as you would normally and place a good mound of butter on the cooked side just after turning so it has time to melt in and around the steak. Once the steak is cooked allow it to rest and then spoon up all the flavoured juices in the pan to serve.

This butter also works really well spread over chicken before grilling or over pan fried pork chops.

Hope you have a great day
Love Lizx

Here's the printable.......

 Blue cheese and walnut butter