Cowboy Steak with Cauliflower Goat Cheese Puree and Red Eye Gravy

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Last Saturday I posted my Daring Cooks Challenge dishes with promises that I would post this very manly recipe and another dish this week.  For this part of the challenge my mandatory ingredients I selected were: Instant coffee, cauliflower and goat cheese.

The goat cheese and cauliflower were a perfect foil for the rich rib eye, the flavor was slightly pungent with plenty of garlic.  Now the steak, let me just share with you some comments made by McGyver.

Mmmm, babe this is soooo good.

I can’t stop eating this.  I think this is the best steak you’ve ever made.

This is the best cowboy steak I’ve ever had.

If you opened a restaurant you’d have to put this on the menu.

If this was on a menu at a restaurant, it would become the signature dish.

People would drive miles to eat this steak.

I can’t believe how good this steak is!

Do you think he liked it?  Let’s just say, he’s still talking about it.  If that isn’t testimony enough, I don’t know what is.  Naturally it started with the steak.  Nothing fancy just a grocery store bone in rib eye…a big un.  The secret was ‘wet’ aging it.  A few days before I cooked it, I sprinkle kosher salt liberally all over it and put it back in the fridge uncovered, turning it occasionally.

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Notice the color change in the meat?  Looks similar to a dry aged meat.  Normally Cowboy steaks are cooked directly over the fire but I choose to use a cast iron pan (they certainly cook them that way also).  Why?  Although I wanted that nice smoky hardwood flavor, I wanted to make a red eye gravy out of all the tasty pan drippings.  Yes, folks I made the right decision (see comments above).

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Black and White Wednesdays are back! “Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music”…sorry I was having a Three Dog Night moment there.  If you remember, Susan from The Well Seasoned Cook used to host a weekly culinary black and white photo event.  Well, Susan wasn’t the “well” in her seasoned cook name, she’s been under the weather and needed to work on getting better.

Now she’s back and feeling better than ever and so is BWW.  If you’d like to know more about it you can go here.

My submission for this week….I just imagine that if a cowboy were to take a picture of his food, this is how it would look.

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Cowboy Steak and Red Eye Gravy
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 2 large rib eye steaks
  2. Kosher salt
  3. 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  4. 1 tablespoon chile powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  6. 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  8. 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus 1 teaspoon
  9. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  10. 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  11. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
  12. 1 tablespoon canola oil
For the Gravy
  1. 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  2. 1 cup beef broth
  3. 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  4. 2 teaspoons tomato powder
  1. Up to three days in advance, liberally sprinkle steaks with kosher salt and refrigerated uncovered, turning occasionally. For the rub, in a small bowl mix the spices, 30 minutes prior to cooking, take steak out of the fridge and liberally cover with chile rub.
  2. Heat a cast iron pan over medium high heat, add oil. Cook steaks until desired doneness, set steaks aside and let rest. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan, add flour and stir vigorously scraping up any stuck on bits, until flour is hot and bubbly. Dissolve coffee and tomato powder into the beef broth, slowly pour the broth mixture into the pan while continuously stirring. serve gravy over steaks.
  1. Prep time does not include wet aging steaks. If you do not have tomato powder, substitute a teaspoon of tomato paste.
The Kitchen Witch


Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Goat Cheese Puree
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1 large head of cauliflower, cleaned and cut up
  2. 1 head roasted garlic, peeled
  3. 2 tablespoons cream
  4. 2 tablespoons melted butter
  5. 4 ounces goat cheese
  6. salt and pepper to taste.
  1. In microwave steamer bag or microwave safe bowl, steam cauliflower for 5 minutes or until it's tender. To a food processor add the cauliflower and remaining ingredients, pulse several times 3 to 5 times and then puree. Add more cream if you like a thinner puree.
The Kitchen Witch

Informal Cookery Definitions A to Z

Burgundy.  Region of France known for it’s wine (of the same name) and cooking.

Butter.  Sweet or sour cream that has been churned until it is smooth and solid with al the whey removed.

  • Types of Butter:  Most creamery butter contains salt.  sweet creamery butter is made with sweet cream rather than sour and has salt.  Sweet butter is the same as unsalted butter.  Whipped butter has are or gas beaten into the butter to make it light and airy.
  • Clarified Butter: Is made by melting butter over low heat and straining off any of the clear liquids and milk solids.  It reduces the burn point of butter.
  • Brown Butter: brown buttered is produced my melting butter over low heat until it turns a golden brown, in French it is called Beurre Noire.

Buttermilk.  It is the milk remaining in the churn after butter has been removed.  However, commercially it is prepared differently by adding lactic-acid culture to the milk.

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13 Responses to Cowboy Steak with Cauliflower Goat Cheese Puree and Red Eye Gravy

  1. mjskit April 18, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Now that’s a steak! Definitely mouthwatering and I love the side of cauliflower goat cheese puree! What a meal!

    • Giggles April 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

      Thanks, it was just one of those times when everything is perfect!

  2. Lea Ann April 19, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    Loving all the comments from the husband! What a great looking meal Rhonda. That puree sounds like something I need to try soon … and yipeeeee grilling weather is finally here. 🙂 As always, great photos.

  3. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife April 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    ooo this looks like something hubby would love!

    • Giggles April 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

      It’s definitely a manly dish!

  4. Feast on the Cheap April 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    Now that is a seriously MAN-size steak, holy cow. Literally, I guess…

    • Giggles April 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

      Indeed it is! We actually shared this one!

  5. sippitysup April 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    I had never heard of that cut before, but on my trip to Ohio I was served one. It’s a winner and you have proven that here. GREG

    • Giggles April 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

      Greg, I don’t think that my steak is a true cowboy cut, which I believe resembles a tomahawk. however, here in Montana we refer to a bone in rib eye as a cowboy cut and it’s always cooked over an open wood flame.

  6. Mcgyver April 20, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    I’m hoping that the Witch will use this to teach our Scouts how to cook over Mother’s Day weekend, when we have a Scout Weekend at the Cabin… 5+ mile hike oughta make them REAL hungry. And besides, you can only do so much with hot dogs on the trail before you get tired of them. Hopefully, this will get a couple interested in their Cooking Merit Badge!

    Mcgyver, Out

    • Giggles April 20, 2012 at 6:34 am #

      Not sure if I want to feed boys anything with coffee in it…they’re hyper enough 😉

  7. Eliot April 20, 2012 at 3:10 am #

    I think this is getting slapped on the grill this weekend. I cannot wait to get some fresh cauliflower and try this puree. You could add goat cheese to anything and I would eat it. If this recipe doesn’t spur on those Scouts to get cookin’, I don’t know what will!

    (Where do you get tomato powder?)

    • Giggles April 20, 2012 at 6:34 am #

      I got the tomato powder from the spice package I won from Lea Ann at Cooking on the Ranch. I don’t know if you order from the co-op Azure Standard, but they carry it also. Let me know how it turns out if you make it.