French Inspired Two Course Steak Dinner

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Make an affordable and tantalizing French-inspired two-course steak dinner with these authentic, made in France, cheeses, and wines.

**This post is sponsored by The French Ministry of Agriculture, but the opinions are my own.**

Admit it, some of the best meals you have ever eaten were French-inspired or used products that were made in France.

When it comes to cuisine, French cooking involves enticing textures and delicious flavors.

However, there is only one problem, cost. It’s hard to create an authentic French dish when you are strapped for cash. Or is it?

I am thrilled to say The French Ministry of Agriculture has given us some cheeses and wines that are made in France but not near as expensive as you might think.

We received four bottles of wine, two different types of cheese, and two varieties of salt. With these kinds of high-quality ingredients, we prepared a French-inspired two-course meal that is sure to be a treat!

Cheese and bread appetizer and wine.

Let’s start with the appetizer or aperitif. The meal begins with Dried Cranberry Cheese Spead served on a French baguette.

For this recipe, we used the St. Andre Triple Cream Cheese from Ile De France Cheeses.

It was softened and then combined with dried cranberries, pepper, and a special salt. The salt came from La Baleine, and it was grey sea salt.

Top down view of wine bottle and cheese topping and bread slices.

The cheese had a wonderful salty flavor and was soft and creamy. The sea salt only seemed to enhance the acidic tanginess of the spread.

The sweetness of the dried cranberries contrasted against the spiciness of the black pepper.

When paired with the fruity, pale taste of Marie De Beauregard Chenin Blanc (white wine) from Saget La Perriere, it’s a little sweet and savory bite of heaven.

Cheese appetizers on a white plate with white wine.

It should be noted that another white wine from Georges Duboeuf, namely the Pouilly-Fuisse also works well with this appetizer due to its hints of peaches and pears and its toasted almond fragrance.

Personally, what I found so compelling about this course was the way in which the smooth wines seemed to wake up my taste buds and allow me to fully experience the salty, sweet, and tart flavors of the cheesy spread.

Grilled steak and asparagus on cast iron.

Once the first course has been served, it’s time to move on to the entree. For this course, we decided to save the best for last.

Using a grey sea salt and black pepper, we managed to create a crust on the steak. It locked in all the juices and added another layer of texture to the meat.

Now, I must warn you, try not to go too heavy on the salt because it can over season the meat.

What you want here is for the pepper to shine and La Baleine’s Kosher Sea Salt made that happen.

Steak and asparagus with two glasses of red wine.

It helped to form a thin crust of salt that accentuated the spice of the pepper. Furthermore, the shell sealed in all the juices from the steak, keeping it from becoming dry, even when cooked medium-well.

As you can see from the photos, the steak was topped with a simple pan sauce using Ile De France Cheese’s Blue Cheese.

The sauce was creamy, savory, and rich. Best of all, it had that heavy, dark flavor of blue cheese. Additionally, I added a Cabernet from Saget La Perriere to the pan sauce for a hint of raspberries and redcurrants.

Top down view of steak, asparagus, blue cheese sauce with red wine.

The side dish was simply sauteed asparagus. What made it French-inspired was the pan sauce I made using Georges Duboeuf Pouilly-Fuisse White Burgundy Wine.

The sauce is incredibly easy and only uses two ingredients, white wine, and butter. How can you go wrong, right?

The entree was served with Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais-Villages Red Wine. The reason we chose this wine was that it’s a lighter red wine and can be paired with red meat and light vegetables.

The red variety also makes a delicious mulled wine that’s perfect around the holidays.

Close up of steak on cast iron with glasses of wine.

This meal was created with products made in France but available here in the U.S. Most of which can be found at local retailers like Dierbergs, Publix, and Whole Foods.

The wines can be purchased at liquor stores or grocery stores.

In regards to cost, they are surprisingly affordable. You will spend about the same amount on these cheeses and wines as you would any other brands.

So why not treat yourself to authentic products made in France? I promise you won’t regret it!

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Make an affordable and tantalizing french-inspired two-course steak dinner with these authentic, made in france, cheeses, and wines.

French Inspired Two Course Steak Dinner

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Author: John
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 2 Servings

Ingredients

Dried Cranberry Cheese Spread

  • 7 ounces St Andre Heavenly Triple Cream Cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon Baleine Grey Sea Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ French baguette, sliced into 6 to 8 pieces

Salt Crusted Sirloin with Blue Cheese Pan Sauce

  • 12 ounces sirloin steak, 2 (6 ounce) steaks
  • ½ teaspoon Baleine Grey Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces St. Agur Blue Cheese, extra crumbles for optional garnish
  • ¼ cup Marie De Beauregard Chinon Red
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup heavy cream

Sauteed Asparagus with White Wine Butter Sauce

  • 1 pound asparagus, thick ends trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Baleine Grey Sea Salt
  • ¼ cup Georges Duboeuf Pouilly-Fuisse White Wine
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions
 

Dried Cranberry Cheese Spread

  • In a large mixing bowl or food processor, combine the cheese, cranberries, salt, and pepper. Mix all the ingredients together until a smooth creamy spread forms.
    7 ounces St Andre Heavenly Triple Cream Cheese
    ¼ cup dried cranberries
    ¼ teaspoon Baleine Grey Sea Salt
    ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Last, serve the spread in a bowl with the sliced bread and pair it with one of the white wines listed in the post. 
    ½ French baguette

Salt Crusted Sirloin with Blue Cheese Pan Sauce

  • Preheat a cast iron skillet or saute pan over medium heat.
  • Trim and clean the steaks. Then, sprinkle the salt and pepper over each side of the side and massage the seasonings into the meat.
    12 ounces sirloin steak
    ½ teaspoon Baleine Grey Sea Salt
    1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Then, place the meat in the preheated pan and cook it for seven to nine minutes on each side depending on the desired doneness.
  • Now, remove the steak from the pan and set them aside to rest for a few minutes while you create the sauce.
  • Afterward, turn off the heat from the pan and pour the red wine into the hot skillet to deglaze the pan. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan as the alcohol cooks out.
    ¼ cup Marie De Beauregard Chinon Red
  • It’s time to add the butter, blue cheese, and cream. Stir the sauce constantly until the cheese melts. If the vegetables are done, you can drizzle the sauce over the steaks and serve the meal with one of the red wines mentioned above. In addition, you can sprinkle crumbles of blue cheese on top of the steaks if have extra.
    2 ounces St. Agur Blue Cheese
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    ½ cup heavy cream

Sauteed Asparagus with White Wine Butter Sauce

  • Preheat a large saute pan over medium heat.
  • In a large bowl toss the asparagus with the olive oil and salt.
    1 pound asparagus
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    ½ teaspoon Baleine Grey Sea Salt
  • Transfer the vegetables to the preheated pan and cook them for five to seven minutes turning occasionally.
  • Remove the asparagus from the pan and set them aside.
  • Add the white wine to the hot pan and let it cook for about a minute or so for the alcohol to cook out. Then add the butter and turn off the heat.
    ¼ cup Georges Duboeuf Pouilly-Fuisse White Wine
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Last, stir the sauce until the butter melts and then pour it over the cooked asparagus. If the steaks are done, serve the vegetables with the meat.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 steak, half the asparagus and 3 to 4 pieces of bread with cream cheese spread. Actual calories will vary.
 
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 1449kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 104g | Saturated Fat: 58g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 31g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 353mg | Sodium: 2779mg | Potassium: 1468mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 4845IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 473mg | Iron: 11mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of Berly’s Kitchen and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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19 Comments

  1. Oh goodness. This is so mouth watering! Considering I just had my dinner when I saw this post. The cranberry cheese spreads sounds fantastic. I am going to make that. I will also look for a good cut of sirloin steaks and make this for dinner tomorrow. My husband will be so impressed. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I love my steaks, but I the cheese spread was my favorite part of the meal. The sweet and savory worked beautifully with a nice sourdough bread. I hope you both enjoy the meal and wish you a lovely weekend 🙂

  2. Oh goodness. This is so mouth watering! Considering I just had my dinner when I saw this post. The cranberry cheese spreads sounds fantastic. I am going to make that. I will also look for a good cut of sirloin steaks and make this for dinner tomorrow. My husband will be so impressed. 🙂

  3. Oh goodness. This is so mouth watering! Considering I just had my dinner when I saw this post. The cranberry cheese spreads sounds fantastic. I am going to make that. I will also look for a good cut of sirloin steaks and make this for dinner tomorrow. My husband will be so impressed. 🙂

  4. This looks incredible! I couldn’t agree more about the fantastic nature of French food and French food culture – I’m a total fangirl for all of it. I confess I wish a bit more of it filtered across the border to Belgium, where we’re living right now, but the amazing bread certainly has, and I’m loving ALL of that, haha! Your pictures are especially beautiful, by the way. Thank you for sharing such a lovely post!

    1. Thank you, Monica! We are thrilled you like the recipes and our take on French food. We wish we could eat more of it lol! Thank you again for comments and compliments. Have a lovely Saturday 🙂

  5. This looks incredible! I couldn’t agree more about the fantastic nature of French food and French food culture – I’m a total fangirl for all of it. I confess I wish a bit more of it filtered across the border to Belgium, where we’re living right now, but the amazing bread certainly has, and I’m loving ALL of that, haha! Your pictures are especially beautiful, by the way. Thank you for sharing such a lovely post!

  6. This looks incredible! I couldn’t agree more about the fantastic nature of French food and French food culture – I’m a total fangirl for all of it. I confess I wish a bit more of it filtered across the border to Belgium, where we’re living right now, but the amazing bread certainly has, and I’m loving ALL of that, haha! Your pictures are especially beautiful, by the way. Thank you for sharing such a lovely post!

    1. Thank you, Sarah! I hope you give it a try some time. It’s really easy to make. Have a wonderful day 🙂

    1. Thank you, Elaine! Kim did all the photos and styling and I prepared the dishes. We are so happy you like everything! Have a wonderful Wednesday 🙂

  7. This two-course meal looks spectacular! I love your styling and photos! The steak wants to hop off the plate and head for my mouth. Or at least I want it to!

  8. This two-course meal looks spectacular! I love your styling and photos! The steak wants to hop off the plate and head for my mouth. Or at least I want it to!

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