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Skirt Steak with Port and Roquefort

Photo: Annabelle Breakey 

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Serves 4

Skirt steak cooks quickly, making it ideal for weeknights; a velvety wine sauce gives it a special-occasion touch. Try it with hot, herb-flecked rice. Wine Pairing: Renwood 2013 Premier Old Vine Zinfandel (Amador County; $20).

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ruby port
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 ounces Roquefort cheese, divided
  • 1 to 1 1/4 lbs. skirt steak, cut to fit the pan as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

Nutrition Information

  • calories 534
  • caloriesfromfat 67 %
  • protein 32 g
  • fat 40 g
  • satfat 22 g
  • carbohydrate 11 g
  • fiber 0.3 g
  • sodium 695 mg
  • cholesterol 161 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a large (not nonstick) frying pan over high heat, boil port, cream, and broth until large shiny bubbles form and sauce is reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 15 minutes. As sauce begins to reduce, stir often. Pour into a small bowl and add 1 oz. (2 tbsp.) cheese; stir until cheese is melted. Rinse pan and wipe dry.

  2. Season steak with salt and pepper. Return frying pan to high heat, add oil, and swirl to coat pan. Lay steak in pan and brown on both sides, about 6 minutes total for rare, 8 minutes total for medium-rare; turn pieces occasionally. As fat accumulates, tilt pan to pool fat, then soak up with a wad of paper towels.

  3. When steak is done, transfer to a platter and tent with foil to keep warm. Pour sauce back into pan and stir to scrape up browned bits.

  4. Slice steak across the grain, drizzle with sauce, and top with green onions and remaining 2 oz. cheese, breaking it into small chunks as you go.