Sunday, December 26, 2010

New York Strip Roast with Port Wine and Mustard Sauce

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...When all is said and done, Christmas is much like a wedding. Weeks of planning and preparation are over in nanoseconds, and along with the special memories we create are the remains of the day, which someone must attend to. The best part of being responsible for planning and execution of a feast is being excused from its clean-up detail. That gives me time to sit a spell and tell you about our dinner tonight, as others, very noisily I might add, tackle table debris and the dishes. Being queen is not half-bad on these occasions. One of the delights of living in an area where cattle and sheep are raised, is the abundance and affordability of meat, especially during the holiday season. Beef, standing rib and loin, can be had for under $5 a pound and that means that groaning boards in this area don't groan, they moan under the weight of holiday meat entrées. Most years, I prepare a really large boneless rib roast, but my trip to the market this week revealed some really nice looking New York Strip roasts that I decided to bring home as well. I've had a recipe developed by Wolfgang Puck for several years now and the roasts gave me the perfect opportunity to experiment with it. This is a nice alternative to a standing rib roast for the holiday. It is very easy to do and I made the roast as directed, save for the fact that I used coarse garlic salt and seasoned the roast 24 hours before cooking. It may be in my head, but I think the meat is more flavorful if its seasoned and sits for a good long while before baking. Our dinner began with a fresh pea soup and gravlax. Because of the potential sweetness of the sauce, I kept the remainder of the food quite simple and served the roast with Potatoes Anna and plain, lightly steamed asparagus. As it turned out, the sauce is wonderfully nuanced and I recommend it without reservation. I do think the beef, if cooked to specifications, will be overdone. I personally will aim for rare beef next time around. I also had to make a last-minute slurry to thicken the sauce, but in the light of eternity that was a small glitch and easily taken care of. I'm so glad I gave this recipe a try. It did not disappoint. Here's how the roast is made.

New York Strip Roast with Port Wine and Mustard Sauce...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Wolfgang Puck

1 whole New York strip, about 5 pounds, trimmed, trimmings reserved
Kosher salt (I used a coarse garlic salt)
Freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil
Port Wine Dijon Sauce
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 cup port wine
1 cup beef stock
1 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Freshly ground pepper

1) Place rack in middle of oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2) Generously season all surfaces of roast with salt and pepper. Place a heavy metal roasting pan or cast iron skillet on a burner over high heat. Heat pan, then film bottom of pan with olive oil. When oil begins to smoke, carefully put meat in pan and turn down heat to medium-high; scatter reserved trimming scraps around it. Sear until meat is evenly brown, about 5 minutes per side.
3) Transfer meat and trimmings to a roasting pan. Place roasting pan in oven and cook meat for about 45 minutes, or until it is medium rare, 140 to 145 degrees F on a meat thermometer.
4) Transfer meat from roasting pan to a serving platter, tent with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
5) While meat rests, remove and discard scraps from roasting pan. Pour off all but a thin film of fat. Transfer pan to stovetop and heat drippings over medium-high heat. Add shallot and, as soon as it starts to sizzle, pour in port wine and stock, stirring and scraping with a wooden spoon to dissolve pan deposits. With a whisk, stir in the cream. Reduce heat to maintain a bare simmer and, a piece at a time, whisk in butter until it melts. Continue cooking until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Turn off heat and stir in mustard. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer sauce to a small saucepan. Keep warm, but do not let boil.
6) Uncover New York strip and transfer it to a cutting board. Stir any juices that have collected into sauce. With a sharp knife, cut meat across grain into slices about 1/2-inch thick and place on a serving platter. Ladle a little sauce over meat. Pass remainder of sauce at table. Yield: 10 to 12 servings.

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Lucie said...

Sounds like it was a real treat, Mary. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Priya Suresh said...

Yummmm!!just tempting..


Even at 5:30 in the morning, (woke up early), this looks delicious. I love the tradition of the cook resting while the rest of the gang does the dishes.

Blessings on you, Mary, in the new year.


Anonymous said...

That sauce sounds scrumptious!
What a great combination of flavors.
Hope you have had a lovely Christmas weekend.

Rita said...

Your roast looks fantastic. my children are coming at different times. tonight we are doing the turkey and wednesday Pime Rib.

pam said...

That sauce does sound wonderful!! Hope the rest of your Christmas weekend is restful!

Jeannie said...

I am drooling over that photo...looks really delicious 4 pounds of meat! Awesome!

Diane said...

This sounds fantastic. Hope you had a good Chritmas. Take care. Diane

Deana Sidney said...

I have made filets with port wine and stilton for years.. I like the change of mustard... lovely idea... great recipe for a change of pace. I bet it was wonderful for the holidays and may I say... I so agree with you... my dearly beloved did the dishes while I sat on my backside and relaxed.... priceless!

Carol said...

Looks fantastic! What a nice treat for the holiday!

From the Kitchen said...

I'm tucking this away for, perhaps, New Year's Eve. It sounds simply delicious! I was with you on the sofa while others (Andrew) cleared away the table and did the dishes. Lovely time for reflection! Now on to the leftovers.


Katerina said...

Port wine tastes absolutely perfectly. I am sure it gave to this roast a very sweet note.

Lyndas recipe box said...

What a luscious looking roast! Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas Mary, and so glad you were treated as the "queen" for clean up detail. I think cooking is the fun part anyway.One shouldn't have to do both.
Have a wonderful day!

Joanne said...

Mmm that is one gorgeous piece of meat! I wish good beef were that cheap around here. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas, Mary, with wonderful food!

Big Dude said...

I just recently bought a whole stip and cut into steaks and never considered it for a roasts, but this sounds great and I try it next time they're on sale. I'll cook it like yesterday's rib roast (tomorrows blog) and it should end up just as I like my steak cooked and without all of the fat in the rib roast.

Cooking Gallery said...

Beautiful roast! I wish you and your family happy holidays :)!

StephenC said...

Peter and I would never be able to consume a roast this big, but there are certainly smaller options. Sounds like you had a magnificent feast!

Kelly said...

It's funny, I never thought about comparing Christmas and a wedding, but you are right- they are so similar. The roast looks delicious.

Melinda said...

Sounds like a delish holiday meal.
Enjoy your rest from the table and have a happy New Year!


Flavia Galasso said...

This is a masterpiece of "kitchen".... hugs and blessings, Flavia

scrambledhenfruit said... is good to be queen. I'm glad you had a lovely Christmas- your meal sounds delightful!

Julie said...

What a beautiful dish!! Sounds like an amazing meal!

Isn't that so true? I never thought of Christmas as like a wedding but it certainly is. Very bittersweet for me. I get to see my son who lives thousands of miles away and so hard to say goodbye!

Ginny Hartzler said...

This looks just wonderful! Sounds like you had a good Christmas?

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Merry Christmas and happy new year!Your roast looks delicious. I have never had a NY strip roast but i bet it was very tasty.

Claudia said...

I love the idea of the port and the mustard. Might change and mix my up standard beef New year's eve dinner. Being queen is very nice - I have aspirations. Sounds like you had a lovely holiday - wishing you all the best in the coming year.

The Glamorous Gourmet said...

Your roast looks amazing! I have never made a New York Strip Roast but am definitely inspired now - also love the port/mustard sauce flavor combo - wow:) Probably perfect with a nice hearty Cabernet Sauvignon. I am doind a giveaway for a pair of Waterford crystal wine glasses if you are interested - stop on by - Cheers!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Merry Christmas, Mary! Hope you had a lovely holiday. I was lucky enough to have a clean-up crew as well! If not, I'd probably still be looking at the dirty dishes! All the best for peace and good health in 2011!

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Bakericious said...

Mary, this is delicious, I always wanna bite into my screen.

Sushma Mallya said...

looks nice,hope you had a wonderful xmas mary...

Faith said...

Oh Mary! I saw these on sale at the grocery the other day and I had never cooked one so I went with prime rib...and while that was good (even with crazy oven mishap) that sounds DELICIOUS!!!
And good for you for not cleaning up!!! I did the same thing last night!!!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

It's a perfect preparation for the holidays Mary. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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