BEEF TENDERLOIN STEAKS WITH BLUE CHEESE
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
¾ pound blue cheese or gorgonzola
4 fresh sage leaves, thinly sliced
Let meat rest 10 minutes before beginning dinner preparation.
Place a large, flat griddle or skillet over high heat. When hot, using a pair of tongs and a folded paper towel, wipe cooking surface with oil and place steaks on hot pan. Caramelize the steaks, 2 minutes each side. Reduce heat to moderate. Season meat with salt and pepper and cook 4 to 5 minutes longer on each side.
Preheat broiler to high.
Arrange steaks on baking sheet. Top each steak with 3 ounces blue cheese. Place baking sheet 6 inches from broiler heat just long enough to melt the cheese. Remove meat from the oven and top with slivers of fresh sage. Let meat rest 2 or 3 minutes, then serve immediately.