The following sponsored post features a recipe created especially for our friends at Omaha Steaks. All content and opinions are mine.
When we think of steak, we immediately conjure up images of dad standing watch over flaming hot coals, anxiously pacing back and forth as they turn ashy grey, and hovering over the entire contraption as each steak turned golden brown and juicy once they were finally placed on the grill.
We forget that steak doesn’t have to be cooked on the grill to achieve perfection. And we forget that we girls can be just as successful as dear old dad was with one simple tool – the cast iron pan.
A cook and their cast iron pan are inseparable. If you are looking at supplying your kitchen with just the essentials, look for a good knife, a good quality cutting board, and a cast iron pan. You can do so many things with this pan, from baking brownies to frying bacon, and searing off the tenderest of steaks.
That’s where this recipe for Coffee Cocoa Strip Steak will flex your cast iron skills.
I know what you’re thinking – coffee and cocoa on a steak?
You HAVE TO try this. It doesn’t taste at all like you’re thinking. The hint of coffee and cocoa powder is not overpowering. It just gives these Omaha Steaks Beef Strip Loin Steaks the extra oomph they need to get all drippy, tender, and happy.
Oh, and we also happen to top them off with creamy Burrata and chunks of Omaha Steaks Applewood Smoked Bacon right before we drizzle a little honey whiskey pan sauce over them.
Are you reenacting that scene from When Harry Met Sally yet?
I’ll have what she’s having.
- 4 Omaha Steaks Beef Strip Loin Steaks - defrosted
- For the rub:
- 1 T Coffee Grounds
- 1 T Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 2 T Brown Sugar
- 1 T Salt
- 1 T Pepper
- 1 T Paprika
- 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
- ½ tsp. Chipotle Pepper Powder
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 16 Slices Applewood Smoked Bacon
- 8 oz. Burrata
- For the pan sauce:
- 1 cup Honey
- 2 T Coffee Cocoa Rub
- 2 T Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 lg. bundle Fresh Thyme
- 1 T Chopped Garlic
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Remove steaks from the packaging and pat completely dry with paper towels.
- Add all rub ingredients to a mason jar and shake to combine. Sprinkle 1 T of rub on each steak and push it into the steaks to get it to absorb. Let sit for 15 minutes while you cook the bacon.
- Set the remainder of the rub aside.
- Chop bacon into lardons. Heat large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Fry bacon lardons until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate covered with a paper towel. Set aside.
- Add 2 steaks and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a golden brown crust is achieved.
- Remove steaks to a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Cook remaining two steaks in the same fashion and remove them from the pan to the cookie sheet once they are seared off.
- Top steaks with burrata, then top with bacon.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until the burrata is bubbly.
- Meanwhile, add pan sauce ingredients to the cast iron pan and cook over medium low heat until it reduces by half.
- Drizzle the pan sauce over each steak and serve immediately.