Multicolored-Pepper Steaks with Balsamic Onions

NOTES: To crack the peppercorns, whirl briefly in a spice or coffee grinder or crush with the flat side of a large knife or the flat bottom of a heavy glass. PREP AND COOK TIME: About 45 minutes.

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Total:
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Recipe Time

Total: 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 813
  • Calories from fat: 65%
  • Protein: 52g
  • Fat: 59g
  • Saturated fat: 23g
  • Carbohydrate: 19g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Sodium: 503mg
  • Cholesterol: 186mg

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 sweet onions (1 1/2 lb. total), such as Walla Walla, Vidalia, or Maui, peeled and slivered lengthwise
  • About 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 boned tender beef steaks (each 1 to 1 1/2 in. thick and 9 to 12 oz.), such as top loin (New York strip) or rib eye
  • 1/4 cup fresh-cracked multicolored peppercorns (see notes)

Preparation

  1. 1. Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a 12-inch frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are limp, about 8 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with sugar. Increase heat to medium-high and stir often until onions begin to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar and 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme leaves; stir often until liquid has evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes longer.
  2. 2. Rinse steaks and pat dry. Sprinkle both sides lightly with salt, then coat with pepper. Melt remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in a 12-inch ovenproof frying pan over medium-high heat (divide among two pans if there's not enough room for steaks in one). Add steaks and cook until well browned on the bottom, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn steaks over and cook until beginning to brown on the other side, about 2 minutes. Transfer pan to a 375° oven and bake until medium-rare (still pink in the center; cut to test), 7 to 8 minutes, or until as done as you like (steaks will continue cooking for a few minutes after you take them out of the oven).
  3. 3. Transfer steaks to warm plates. Spoon onions over the top and sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme leaves.
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