Friday, March 1, 2013

Cast Iron Balsamic Steak with Polenta and Roasted Tomatoes in Just 30 Minutes

Are you a steak lover?  Chad certainly is, but the only way I have been able to achieve that much desired steakhouse flavor has been with a grill, until now.  I have even been craving steak lately.  So, I decided to put together a dinner that could rival our favorite steakhouse.

Using the cast iron cooking method, I was able to create a beautiful crust on the outside of the steak and then finish it in the oven.  Perfect!  The cheesy herb polenta is creamy and delicious, its the perfect cheesy side dish to go with this meal.  For our vegetable I prepared oven roasted tomatoes with basil.  Oh my word!  Of course I need a steak sauce to pull this dish together.

Balsamic Barbecue Sauce was exactly what I was looking for.  It is so incredible that I have been putting it on everything.  I am sure you will see this sauce again.

This meal is the perfect fusion of our favorite Italian flavors with steakhouse flair!  We are crazy for it and I am sure you will be too!

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Author: Donna Elick
Cast Iron Ribeye + Polenta

Cast Iron Ribeye + Polenta

Are you a steak lover? Chad certainly is, but the only way I have been able to achieve that much desired steakhouse flavor has been with a grill, until now. I have even been craving steak lately. So, I decided to put together a dinner that could rival our favorite steakhouse.
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 7 MinTotal time: 27 Min


Cast Iron Steakhouse Ribeye Steak
  • 1 - 2 pounds Ribeye Steak about 3/4”-1” thick
  • 1/2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Balsamic Barbecue Sauce
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
Cheesy Herb Polenta
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon chicken base
  • 1 cup instant polenta
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
Roasted Tomatoes with Basil
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 6 basil leaves, chopped


  1. Remove steaks from packaging and place on a plate to come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Immediately place 10 or 12 inch cast iron skillet in the oven on the lower rack (place in the oven during the preheating process).
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine all barbecue sauce ingredients (except butter). Cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Prepare a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Add tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss with hands and spread evenly baking. Set aside until oven is ready. Place in oven and roast until tomatoes are tender and skins begin to split, approximately 10-12 minutes.
  5. Bring water and chicken stock to boil in a large covered saucepan over medium high heat.
  6. Remove baking sheet from oven and turn to 500°F. Add chopped basil, toss and place in a serving bowl.
  7. Stir butter into barbecue sauce. Whisk to combine. Remove from heat.
  8. Slowly whisk polenta into boiling chicken broth. Reduce to simmer and whisk occasionally until polenta thickens, about 3 minutes. Add remaining polenta ingredients, stir and turn heat off. Cover until ready to serve.
  9. Coat steaks lightly with oil and season both sides with a salt and pepper.
  10. Using oven mitts, remove skillet from oven (leave oven on) place on burner over high heat.
  11. Immediately place steaks in the middle of hot, dry skillet. Cook 30 seconds without moving. Turn with tongs and cook another 30 seconds, then put the pan straight into the oven for 3 minutes (use oven mitts. Remember the whole pan is scorching hot!). Flip steak and cook for another 3 minutes (cook time is for medium).
  12. Remove steak from pan, cover loosely with foil, and rest for 2 minutes.
  13. Begin serving by placing polenta and tomatoes on plates. Once steak has rested you can slice it or serve it cave man style. Drizzle with balsamic barbecue sauce.
  14. Serve and enjoy!


  1. Oh my gosh this steak and polenta looks so good Donna! I love the barely roasted little tomatoes on the side, too, very elegant.

  2. HOLY MOLY this sounds delicious! That balsamic barbecue sauce...I don't even know where to begin. Oh, and that polenta. Must make soon!!

  3. That was fast. This looks absolutely appetizing.

  4. Saved that sauce to try that this summer. I prefer grilled steaks too but a high temp cast iron works well too.

  5. Looks amazing I see it in our dinner menu soon.


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