Cocoa-Rubbed Steak With Bacon-Whiskey Gravy

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
Prep:
25 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • For the steak:
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 1 -pound New York strip steaks (about 1 1/2 inches thick)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • For the gravy:
  • 4 strips bacon, diced
  • 1 leek (white and light green parts only), finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Directions

Make the steak: Mix the cocoa powder, both paprikas, brown sugar, cayenne and 2 teaspoons salt; rub on the steak and bring to room temperature, 30 minutes.

Make the gravy: Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; set aside. Add the leek to the drippings and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute.

Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the whiskey, then return to medium heat; if the alcohol ignites, let the flames die out. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth and bay leaves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until the mixture is reduced by one-quarter, about 8 minutes. Whisk in the heavy cream and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the gravy coats a spoon, about 7 minutes. Stir in the butter, reserved bacon and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat, about 3 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon butter; when it melts, add the steak and sear until a dark crust forms, about 8 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. Season with salt. Slice and serve with the gravy.

Photograph by Anna Williams


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