Steaks with Mexican Spices and Chile Con Queso

steakmag April 6, 2015 Comments Off on Steaks with Mexican Spices and Chile Con Queso
Steaks with Mexican Spices and Chile Con Queso
  • 2 tablespoons grill seasoning
  • grated zest of 2 limes
  • 1½ teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 1-inch thick strip steaks (2 lbs total)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Chipotle Con Queso
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1½ cups shredded smoked Cheddar cheese
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, seeds removed, minced
  • 1 teaspoon (or more if desired) adobo sauce
  • salt
  • cilantro
  1. In a small bowl, combine the grill seasoning, lime zest, coriander, cumin, chili powder and salt. Rub the seasoning onto both sides of the steaks. Let the steaks sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  2. Melt the butter in a large cast iron pan or a heavy skillet over high heat. (You may have to cook the steaks in batches – you don’t want to overcrowd them in the pan.) Add the steaks and cook for 5 minutes, then turn and cook the second side for 2-3 minutes for medium. Lower the heat while the steaks are cooking, if needed. Remove from the pan to a cutting board and let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a sauce pan. Add the flour and whisk for a minute or two. Slowly whisk in the milk. Bring to a boil and let cook, whisking frequently, until it starts to thicken, 2-3 minutes. Stir in the cheese and the chipotle and sauce. Season to taste with salt. Turn the heat to low to keep warm.
  4. Serve the steaks topped with the chipotle con queso and some fresh cilantro.

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