Monday, September 17, 2012

Grilled Steak Mezzaluna

After the absolutely, without a question, worst week of my life, I was ready to TRY to get back to normal and grilled tonight. We are under a flood warning with lots of rain but I needed my grill therapy so I fired up my Big Green Egg between downpours.

But first I have to thank you all.  In the past when I commented on someone's loss, I felt like my words are trite, cliche, and meaningless.  This week being on the receiving end of those comments, I know how much they mean to those who are grieving.  Each and every comment and email meant a lot to my family and me.  Thank you from me and my family. 

Okay, back to food. 
Alexis found this mezzaluna pasta at a local store.  Mezzaluna basically means "half moon" and these are stuffed with gorgonzola cheese.  If you can't find them, you could substitute tortellini.  The pasta slathered with the creamy red pepper sauce were a dazzling partner for the grilled ribeye.

Grilled Steak Mezzaluna

  • 2 ribeye steaks
  • 1 tsp smoked salt*
  • 1/2 tsp herbs de provence 
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, coarse ground
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup mezzaluna pasta, cooked according to directions
For the cream sauce
  • 3 Tbsp butter, divided*
  • 1 Tbsp shallot, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/3 cup pecorino-romano cheese, grated
  • 3 Tbsp roasted red pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  1. Preheat a saute pan over medium heat.  Preheat your grill to 500f.  Allow your steaks to sit at room temp for 1 hour.
  2. Add 2 Tbsp of the butter to the saute pan.  Add the shallot and saute until tender, 3-5 minutes.  Add the garlic and saute another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the half and half, bring to a simmer and cook on a gentle simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes.  Add the cheese, roasted red pepper, salt and pepper.  Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.  Keep warm.
  4. Dry the steaks exterior with a paper towel and season with the salt, herbs de provence, pepper, and garlic powder.  
  5. Clean and oil the grill grates.  Grill the steaks 4 minutes a side over direct heat for medium rare.  Remove steaks to a cooling rack to rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Return cream sauce to med-low heat and stir in the last Tbsp of cold butter, stirring until blended in.
  7. Spoon the sauce over the pasta and serve with the grilled steaks.
  • Salt - If you don't have smoked salt, sub kosher salt.
  • Butter - Keep that 1 tbsp very cold while you are making the sauce.  When you stir it into the warm sauce at the end, it will help emulsify and add a nice sheen to the cream sauce.

Making sure your meats are dry and your grates preheated gives defined grill marks.

The best therapy is the kind you can eat.

The rain drenched East Tennessee today.  The luscious roasted red pepper cream sauce rained on the gorgonzola laden pasta.  And flavor was a squall line on my taste buds.

Edit update:  Here is some new info that I wanted to get out:


  1. Oh my gosh, I hope they catch the senseless idiots that did that to your family member. And I hope they pay big. What jerks. I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. That is one good looking steak! Grill therapy can be very good - cooking has way of bringing peace to your soul.

  3. Chris- I have been thinking about you and your family a lot. I imagine at first you were quite numb, and then I'm sure that was followed by total disbelief. It's always such a shock when something so senseless like this happens. I'm praying someone comes forward with some information. I know that will help in the healing process.

    Grilling is going to be therapeutic for you and I'm so glad that you are back out there on the grill. Alexis scored some great looking pasta. Gorgonzola and steak are a match made in heaven.

    Keep on grilling :)

  4. I'm with Michele. I hope that catch that jerk and lock him up and throw away the key. I think of you guys often.

    A comforting steak always makes a nice meal to feed the body and the soul.

  5. I don't know where I would find mezzaluna pasta here, but there are alternatives. The sauce alone has be frothing at the mouth. I'm wondering if my wok smoking technique would serve to smoke some salt. Must research that.

  6. Chris- I am glad that you are back doing what you do (grilling), and the steak and pasta look delicious.

    I haven't been able to stop thinking about your brother-in-law, Richard, and how devastating his wife and your entire family must be. I, too, am in the midst of grief after losing my younger brother very suddenly a month ago. I hope the police find the spineless coward murderers that took Richard's life. I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, and hope that you get an arrest soon. It won't bring Richard back, but justice needs to prevail. Please let us know if the police make an arrest.

    Kim in MD

  7. This steak and pasta both sound fantastic. Praying peace and comfort will find your family and that the murderer is found soon.

  8. I so hope they catch the killer(s)... I have faith that karma will get them!!!

    The steak and rub look fantastic and the pasta with creamy sauce sounds divine.

    Sending you & your family hugs Chris.

  9. Chris - I am truly sorry for you and your family's loss.

    I don't think that feeling of loss ever goes away, but the pain does get more bearable. Hang in there and keep grilling, it's great therapy.

  10. i am loving this dish, steak and pasta, you can't beat it!

    i so hope that justice is served and your family can rest a bit knowing that such an evil person is behind bars. we are all thinking and praying for you and your family chris.

  11. Oh Chris. My prayers are with you and I will pray for justice and peace for your family. God bless.

  12. I feel for you for the week you've had but glad to see you're using your cooking therapy

  13. I am truly sorry for your family's loss, I'm sure it is hard to get back to the "normal" life. I'm with Larry, though, cooking... or grilling for some of us.. is good therapy. And what a great way to start back to blogging... as you said, how can you go wrong with a creamy red pepper sauce!!!

  14. Comfort food, God knows you all need it right now. Sharing the poster on my Facebook page...

  15. Chris, I'm glad you're back and hope that justice is served for you and your family. This is perfect comfort food to soothe. I'll be looking for the mezzaluna. I've never heard of it.

  16. I am still stunned by what happened. Very sorry for your family's loss and I hope the catch the person/s responsible.

    Glad you got some grill therapy in. The steak looks amazing, but I'd really love to find and try that pasta and sauce. Outstanding meal.

  17. Chris, I've been thinking about you and your family often. I look forward to a post where we all read the murderer has been caught. I know how you feel about offering condolences. But when you're on the receiving end, every single word means so much. Hugs.

  18. My heart is breaking for you and especially your sister. This is so senseless. It's good to keep on cooking through your grief. I started blogging after a similar tragedy in my life and it was a life saver at the time.

    I like creamy pastas with steak - a great combo!


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