Steak with Leeks and Red Wine Butter Sauce

March 13, 2013

Why, hello there!  Long time no see.  Our Life in the Kitchen, the blog, has been neglected even more than our actual life in the kitchen lately.  No good excuses,  really.  Life’s been busy, work’s been busy.  Cooking has been entirely uninspired.  We’re down to a household of only three and I’ve found the adjustment harder than I thought it’d be, at least when it comes to cooking.  It’s far easier than it used to be to simply call it “fend yourself night” instead of cooking.  I’ve found it hard to adjust portions so we’ve had a lot of leftovers when I do cook. Takeout is cheaper and therefore more tempting.  However, it’s gotten boring and I’m ready to get creative again, try new dishes and revamp old favorites.  This one is a combination of old favorites, simple and tasty.


  • Steaks (Ribeyes here, because they were on sale.  I’d originally intended Filet Mignon)
  • Red Wine, 1 cup
  • Beef Stock or Bouillon, 1 cup
  • Rosemary, 1 good -sized sprig of fresh or dry equivalent
  • Garlic, 2 to 3 cloves
  • Leeks, about 1 per steak
  • Butter, 1/2 cup or so
  • Salt/Pepper

KBP_2439Combine the wine and bouillon in a small, heavy saucepan.  Throw in the garlic cloves and some rosemary.  Bring it to a low boil and simmer until it’s reduced by about half then remove it from the heat and set it aside.

KBP_2443Meanwhile, snip the rest of the rosemary.  Season the meat generously on one side with salt, pepper and the rosemary.

KBP_2446Slice the leeks.

KBP_2453Heat about half the butter in a large saute pan or skillet over high heat, until it begins to brown.  You want the pan really hot so the steaks sear and brown nicely instead of turning gray.

KBP_2456Add the steaks to the pan, seasoned side down, then sprinkle the top side with more salt and pepper.  Cook until the underside is nice and brown, 3 to 5 minutes or so.

KBP_2458Turn them and cook another 3 minutes.  If you like your meat more well done, adjust cooking time accordingly.  And remember, cooking time will depend  on the size and thickness of your steak.

KBP_2462Remove the steaks to a platter, reduce the heat to medium and add the leeks to the pan.  Cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until they’re soft and beginning to brown.

KBP_2468Push the leeks to the edges of the pan and add the steaks back in.  Strain the sauce over the top and cook for just a minute, long enough to coat the meat and get it nice and hot again.

KBP_2471Remove the meat back to the platter and stir the remaining butter into the sauce until it’s melted.

KBP_2473Pour the whole thing over your platter full of steak.

KBP_2497Serve immediately with your favorite sides.  Pan-Smashed Potatoes with Sage and Buttermilk and roasted asparagus were perfect here.  Enjoy!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Winnie March 13, 2013 at 1:32 pm

This looks sooooo delicious! I love leeks and never made them with steak. Glad you are back, as you are so creative in the kitchen!


2 Pamela March 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Hi. I started buying the same brand of bouillon and my dishes tend to be over or under salted, do you have a rule of thumb when adding salt in addition to bouillon?


3 karenbove March 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm

I’ve found that I have to be careful not to use too much bouillon paste. It is too easy to overdo it! I also try to reduce the amount of salt otherwise called for in some recipes.


4 Pamela March 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Thank you. I look forward to your recipes, glad you are back!


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: