Rib Steak, Bordeaux-style: Entrecote Bordelaise

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 5 min
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 (2-pound) entrecote or rib steak at room temperature

1 tablespoon olive oil

Essence, recipe follows


Freshly ground black pepper

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/2 cup finely chopped shallots

1 cup red Bordeaux

1 sprig thyme

1 cup beef broth

4 ounces beef marrow, poached and cut into pieces

Watercress, garnish

Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes, recipe follows

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme

Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes:

4 large Idaho potatoes (about 3 pounds)

1 3/4 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup heavy cream

6 ounces Roquefort, or other French blue cheese such as Bleu d'Avergne or Fourme d'Ambert

2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the grill or broiler.
  2. Rub the steak on both sides with the oil and season with Essence, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place on the grill (or on a broiler pan) and cook until medium-rare, about 8 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice thinly on the diagonal.
  4. While the meat is cooking, in a saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the wine, bring to a boil, and cook until reduced by 1/2. Add the thyme and beef stock and bring to a boil. Simmer until reduced by 1/2. Lower the heat and whisking, add the remaining butter 1 piece at a time. Remove the thyme and stir in the marrow. Remove from the heat and adjust the seasoning, to taste.
  5. Arrange the meat on 4 plates and drizzle with the sauce. Garnish the plates with watercress and serve with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

Yield: About 2/3 cup
  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
  2. Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes:

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
  1. Peel and quarter the potatoes lengthwise, then cut into 1-inch wedges. Put in a heavy medium saucepan with 1 teaspoon of the salt and add enough cold water to cover by 1-inch. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 25 minutes.
  2. Drain in a colander. Return the potatoes to the saucepan. Add the cream, butter, the remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, and the pepper. With the heat on medium-low, mash and stir the mixture until well blended, 4 to 5 minutes. Mix in the blue cheese and parsley and mash to incorporate.
  3. Serve immediately.