Make juicy steak with roasted cherry and walnut compound butter for an easy gourmet dinner
Is there anything more decadent and more irresistible than a thick, juicy steak? If you're asking me, then the answer is no. Especially when said steak is cooked perfectly (medium rare) and topped with a sweet and nutty, melting compound butter. If I had to pick one last meal, this would be it.
On the first "official" date I had with my husband, I ordered an 8-ounce filet, and he ordered a salad. The waiter, of course, delivered the dishes the other way around, and he was quite embarrassed when I corrected him, saying the steak was mine. What can I say? I'm a girl who loves her meat. I love my meat even more when it's topped with a rich butter made from tart, seasonal cherries.
Roasted cherry and walnut compound butter with steak
- 1 cup cherries, pitted
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
For the butter
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Roasted mashed cherries (see above)
- 2 (6 ounce) steaks
- Salt and pepper
- Oil for brushing
- Fresh greens, for garnish
- To make the cherries, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the cherries, sugar and cornstarch into a baking dish. Toss to coat the fruit.
- Roast the cherries for 15 minutes, stir them up, and then roast for another 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, and smash the cherries with the back of a spoon until squished. Chop into pieces.
- Mix the mashed cherries with the butter and walnuts. Unroll a large piece of parchment paper, and place the butter on one side. Carefully roll the paper over the butter, and then tightly roll it up into a jelly roll. Chill for at least 2 to 3 hours or until solid.
- Brush the grates of a grill or grill pan with oil. Heat over high heat. Liberally salt and pepper the steaks.
- Place the steaks onto the grill, and cook each side for about 3 to 4 minutes (for medium rare). Remove the compound butter from the fridge, and slice it.
- Serve the steaks with a slice of the compound butter, and top with fresh greens.