I moved from the Midwest to California just as I started to get interested in the culinary arts. Ironically, I moved to Gilroy California: home of the Garlic Festival! Ever since, I have been incorporating garlic into nearly every dish! The following recipe I created one year when we had a bunch of hungry pilots who flew in just for the Garlic Festival. I thought I would make it an especially memorable culinary experience for them!
- 4 thick-cut NY steaks
- 3 bulbs, yes bulbs not cloves of GARLIC! (an extra bulb for the mashers)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 cups fresh spinach
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, diced
- 1 pound fresh brie cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh rosemary, minced
Marinate the steaks overnight in olive oil, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. You can utilize any fresh herbs you have in your garden or local market such as rosemary. Take the steaks out and let them rest about an hour before you start to work with them. In the meantime, fire up the oven to 350 degrees F. Take your garlic bulbs and slice them in half diagonally. Season with olive oil and sea salt. Roast on a pan in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the garlic is nice and golden brown and your house smells heavenly. Take out and set aside.
Heat your saute pan with some olive oil and throw in about 6 cloves of fresh chopped garlic when hot. Add spinach and saute until spinach is just wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Chop up the sun-dried tomatoes and toss with the spinach. When the spinach has cooled, throw in the brie and the roasted garlic. You can easily pull the roasted garlic from the 'husk' by using a toothpick to pull it out. Mix together very well!
Season with salt and pepper. You can also throw in a teaspoon or so of fresh rosemary at this point. Set aside. Take your steaks and cut a slit into the side of them, just as you would with stuffing pork chops. Carefully stuff the steaks with your roasted garlic stuffing. Throw those guys on the BBQ for about 3-4 minutes per side pending your guests preference. I serve these steaks over garlic mashers which I usually just throw in an extra bulb of garlic to roast when making the stuffing and mash it all up with some fresh potatoes, butter and cream. A little parsley to garnish.
For the sauce, take 4 tablespoons of butter and melt in a saucepan over low heat. Add about 6 cloves of fresh chopped garlic, 1/4 cup of cream and 4 tablespoons of good quality balsamic vinegar. Throw in a sprig of fresh rosemary and reduce the sauce by about 1/3. Take out the rosemary. To plate, place lean against a heap of the garlic mashers and drizzle the sauce around the plate and over the potatoes. Garnish with fresh rosemary. It is excellent to have a nice fresh loaf of bread to serve with this. I also BBQ up some fresh local corn on the grill to accompany this meal. It is a fairly easy and gourmet meal to prepare. You can even make the stuffing the night before. Enjoy! And long live garlic!!!