Happy New Year! In the blink of an eye, 2018 has ended and we are starting a new chapter. When I was younger, I used to make New Year’s resolutions, hoping that I’ll actually stick to them until at least June or July. Now, I make one goal that I want to reach by the end of the new year. For 2019, I have decided that I am going to go full speed with my food blog. I have always wanted to make my main career a food blogger, but the fact that there is no income until you become successful has been a hindrance. With a more lax work schedule, I am determined to put more of an effort into Cherry on My Sundae and hopefully, be able to reach more viewers!

So, to start off on the right foot, I’m sharing a delicious ribeye sandwich with jalapeno pesto, caramelized onions, and white cheese sauce. This sandwich was inspired by the classic Philly cheese steak. Using the basic elements of steak and cheese, I upped up the game by adding sweet caramelized onions, bitter arugula, and spicy jalapeno pesto. Who says a sandwich has to be boring?


Serves 4

Ribeye sandwich with jalapeno pesto and white cheese sauce

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

    Jalapeno Pesto
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup parmesan, grated
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Caramelized Onions
  • 1 onion, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Ribeye
  • 1/2 lb bone-less rib eye steaks
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Cheese Sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 ounces Monterrey jack, shredded
  • 4 ounces white cheddar, shredded
  • salt and pepper
  • Remaining ingredients
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 4 sandwich buns

Instructions

  1. Prepare the jalapeno pesto. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place jalapeno on a baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes or until skin begins to blister and darken. Remove from heat and transfer jalapeno to a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes. Remove cover and carefully peel the outer skin off the jalapeno.
  2. Blend together roasted jalapeno with basil, garlic, toasted pine nuts, Parmesan, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Prepare caramelized onions. Heat oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add onions and season with salt. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are deep brown and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Add 2-3 tbsp water if the pan becomes too dry. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 275 degrees F. Place metal wire rack on a baking tray.
  5. Combine seasonings for ribeye steaks in a small bowl (garlic powder - black pepper. Season both sides of the steaks with seasoning mixture. Place steaks on the metal wire rack and roast until internal temperature comes to 110 degrees (depending on the thickness of steaks, this can take anywhere between 30-60 minutes). Remove steaks from the oven and let rest 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the cheese sauce. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until combined. Add milk, whisking constantly. Let the milk come to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and reduce heat to low. Add garlic powder and half of the Monterrey jack and white cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheese melts and add the remaining amount. Stir until melted and the sauce is smooth about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
  7. Heat 1 tbsp butter in a saute pan over high heat. Add steaks and let brown, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side another minute or until browned. Remove from heat. Slice steaks across the grain.
  8. Assemble sandwiches. Toast sandwich buns. Spread jalapeno pesto on the bottom bun, top with arugula, ribeye, cheese sauce, and caramelized onions. Serve immediately.
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**Helpful tips and common mistakes

Okay, so whenever I make a sandwich, it’s not just sliced deli turkey, lettuce and tomato. I’ll admit, they take much more time and effort. However, and this is a big however, they taste so much better! This ribeye sandwich with jalapeno pesto is no exception. If you want to save some time, prepare the pesto, caramelized onions and cheese sauce ahead of time.

Start by making the condiments for the sandwich. Roast the jalapeno for the pesto until the outer skin becomes blackened. Transfer the pepper to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. The steam from the pepper will fill the bowl and the help the outer skin loosen, making it easier to peel. Peel the jalapeno, discarding the seeds if you want a less spicy pesto. Blend it with the remaining ingredients, season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Next, caramelize the onions. Since the onions take some time, you can start the ribeyes while they cook. We’re going to be using the reverse sear method for the ribeyes, my favorite way to cook steaks. I find that whenever I use the reverse sear method, the meat always comes out a perfect medium-rare.

What is the reverse sear method? Usually, to cook a thick cut of steak, you sear it in a hot pan first then finish it in the oven. The reserve sear method is exactly the opposite, starting in the oven and finishing in the pan. By roasting the meat first, it cooks evenly throughout, making it easier to avoid over-cooking. Finish the steaks in a hot pan to give them the caramelization it needs.

How long the steaks take to cook depends on how thick the steaks are. Use a meat thermometer to help determine when they are ready. For 1 inch steaks, it will take about 30 minutes to reach 110 degrees F at 275 degrees F.

While the ribeyes are cooking, prepare the white cheese sauce. I like to combine white cheddar with Monterrey jack cheese for a little sharp with a little mild. Just like a cheddar cheese sauce for mac and cheese, this one starts with a butter and flour roux. Add the milk, whisking constantly to incorporate the roux. Add garlic powder and half of the cheeses. Adding the cheeses in batches help it melt faster without clumping. I also prefer to grate my own cheese as the pre-shredded cheeses have an anti-clumping agent that can make the sauce clumpy.

Slice the ribeye steaks and assemble those sandwiches! All your hard work has paid off because you can now enjoy these ribeye sandwiches with jalapeno pesto.I have to say, this is one darn good sandwich. It combines sweet, savory, creamy, and even a little spicy all into one bite. I think it’s time to open up a sandwich shop, no?

 

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