Steak, Cheese, Bacon. We're Excited Too.
Steak, Cheese, Bacon. We’re Excited, too.
If you’re dining in tonight, this bacon-wrapped steak with blue cheese should probably be at the top of your list. Now your head is probably in one of two places: making a mental note of the ingredients to pick up – which you can find below – or you’re still thinking about bacon (which is fair). But it’s probably safe to say you’re not thinking about where this whole food story started: on a farm.
Take the beef filet in the video. That cut of steak came from a beef cow that could have been raised by Illinois farmers like Mike and Lynn Martz just west of Chicago who use a “closed-loop farming system” between their crops and cattle to be more sustainable.
Or that blue cheese topping. Way before cultures and curds come into the picture, a cow is milked – on a farm like Mackinson Dairy Farm – where each and every family member plays a part in keeping their dairy cows happy and healthy.
And how about the bacon? It came from a pig raised in a barn by someone like Illinois pig farmer Thomas Titus, who makes it a family affair to raise safe and nutritious pork for your table.
The butter. The yogurt. The onion. All these ingredients have one thing in common: they were raised and grown by a farmer. Maybe even right outside of Chicago.
Whatever culinary adventure you take on next, know there’s a story behind those ingredients. Want to know more? Let’s talk.
Bacon Wrapped Steak with Blue Cheese
• Kosher salt
• Ground black pepper
• 2 beef filets (8-10 oz. each, 1-2 in. thick)
• 2 thin slices of bacon
• 1.5 tablespoon butter or olive oil
Blue Cheese Topping
• 2 tablespoons cream cheese
• 4 teaspoons crumbled blue cheese
• 4 teaspoons plain yogurt
• 2 teaspoons minced onion
• Dash ground white pepper
1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
2. Coat each filet with salt and pepper and wrap with bacon. Secure bacon with a toothpick.
3. In an oven-proof skillet, let oil or butter get hot, sear both sides of each filet on medium-high heat (about one minute per side).
4. Remove skillet from stove and finish cooking in the preheated oven. Cook to desired doneness.
145 F = Medium Rare
160 F = Medium
170 F = Well Done
5. While the steaks are cooking, combine all of the topping ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
6. Remove filets from oven when desired doneness is achieved and top with blue cheese topping. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Option: put steaks under broiler for several minutes until blue cheese is bubbly and golden brown