Poached Apple NY Strip Steak

Poached Apple NY Strip Steak Recipe

Who doesn’t love a big juicy steak, seared to pink perfection? That’s a dish I crave on a weekly basis. So you can be sure I jumped all over the opportunity to take on this Challenge from KitchenAid to “Take a Big Apple to the New York Strip.”

Poached Apple NY Strip Steak Recipe

There’s something special about adding an element of sweetness to a decidedly savory meal. We often add a sweet sauce or compote to meat dishes, to create savory-sweet balance. Apples are a wonderful complement to many proteins, such as pork, chicken, and of course beef, so serving apples with steak is a brilliant idea.

Poached Apple NY Strip Steak Recipe

In order to add depth and intrigue to the apple topping, we decided to poach the apples in wine. I first placed the apples in a KitchenAid® 8.0-Quart Stockpot with Lid. I love my KitchenAid® Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 10-Piece Set because the bottoms of the pots and pans are thick and heavy for even heating, and the inside of the sauce pots have measuring scales!

Poached Apple NY Strip Steak Recipe

I poured wine, orange juice and honey over the apples and seasoned them with cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean pods to create a spicy aromatic poaching liquid.

Poached Apple NY Strip Steak Recipe

The trick to poaching perfect apples is to watch the clock like a hawk (or set your timer). The moment the poaching liquid comes to a boil, set the timer for 17 minutes. After the timer goes off, insert a toothpick into one apple. If it goes in evenly, turn off the heat. If not, simmer for 3 more minutes then check again. If you allow the apples to poach too long, they will burst and turn to mush…not a good thing.

Poached Apple NY Strip Steak Recipe

In order to perfectly pair the vanilla-infused wine poached apples with the New York strip steaks, I made a dry rub for the steaks. The rub combined more vanilla bean seeds with other flavors that play well with wine and vanilla, like coffee and cumin.

Poached Apple NY Strip Steak Recipe

I rubbed the steaks with the coffee-vanilla dry rub, then seared them in a large KitchenAid® 10″ Skillet over high heat.

Poached Apple NY Strip Steak Recipe

To heat my KitchenAid® 10″ Skillet, I set it over the biggest, most powerful 20K Ultra Power™ Dual-Flame Burner of my KitchenAid® 36-Inch Commercial-Style Gas Rangetop, and added the oil and butter. (You would not believe how powerful this burner is!) The moment the butter melted, I added the steaks.

Sear the steaks for 3-4 minutes per side, until dark and crusty. Then let the steaks rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. That way, the juices won’t all run out.

Poached Apple NY Strip Steak Recipe

After slicing the poached apples and the steaks, top the sliced steak with sweet apple slices, for a divine wine-infused aromatic dinner that will impress even your most picky meat and potato eaters.

Poached Apple NY Strip Steak Recipe

Adding a big apple to a New York strip steak turned out to be a huge hit. This is a recipe I’ll use at dinner parties again and again.

Thanks for the challenge KitchenAid!

Poached Apple NY Strip Steak Recipe

 

Wine Poached Apple with Coffee Vanilla Bean New York Strip

Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

For poached apples

4 very firm apples (granny smith, mutsu, pink lady, honey crisp)
750 milliliter bottle red zinfandel wine
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup honey
3 cinnamon sticks
1 vanilla bean
1/2 teaspoon salt

For coffee vanilla bean new york strips

4 – 1 1/2 to 2 inch thick new york strip steaks
1/4 cup ground coffee
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 vanilla bean
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 ounces baby arugula

DIRECTIONS

For poached apples

Place a KitchenAid® 8.0-Quart Stockpot with Lid just large enough for all four apples to sit flat on the bottom (but not larger) over high heat. Pour the wine, orange juice and honey in the pot. Using a small knife, split the vanilla bean in half length-wise, and scrape the seed paste out. Add the empty vanilla bean pod, vanilla bean seed paste, cinnamon sticks and salt to the pot. Bring to a boil.

Peel the apples. Once the wine is boiling, carefully submerge the apples into the wine, and lower the heat to medium so the wine doesn’t boil over. Simmer the apples for 17- 20 minutes, until soft and red. (Check with a toothpick after 17 minutes. If the toothpick can be inserted into the apple easily, remove from heat.)

For coffee vanilla bean new york strips

Meanwhile, mix the coffee rub for the steaks. Place the ground coffee, spices, and salt in a small bowl. Split a second vanilla bean and scrape the seed paste into the coffee rub. Throw the vanilla bean pod into the simmering wine pot. Use your fingers to mix the vanilla bean paste into the coffee rub.

Rub all four steaks with the coffee rub on all sides. Heat a KitchenAid® 10″ Skillet to high heat. Add the butter and oil to the skillet. Once it’s hot, add the steaks to the skillet. Sear them for 3-4 minutes per side. Remove the steaks and let them rest for at least 5 minutes.

To plate, pile a mound of baby arugula on four plates. Top each plate with a steak, then use a large slotted spoon to carefully lift a poached apple out of the wine and onto the top of each steak. Serve warm.

Poached Apple NY Strip Steak Recipe

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