DINNER TONIGHT

James Beard's Roquefort-Broiled Steaks

(4 servings)

A hearty steak dinner in only 15 minutes from broiler to dinner table? What a wonderful week-night strategy.

This recipe is an adaptation of one of James Beard's favorites included in "Beef for All Seasons" by Frederick J. Simon and John Harrisson (HarperCollins, $25). The authors suggest serving it with watercress and mesclun tossed in a sherry vinaigrette.

3/4 cup Roquefort cheese (about 6 ounces)

2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons chopped chives

4 sirloin steaks (each about 1 1/2 inches thick and 11 ounces)

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, cream together the Roquefort cheese, butter, Worcestershire sauce and chives. Set aside.

Season the steaks with pepper to taste.

Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add the steaks to the pan and sear until they are nicely browned on 1 side, about 1 1/2 minutes. Turn and sear for another 1 1/2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, turning once, until desired degree of doneness, about 2 minutes per side for medium-rare.

Preheat the broiler.

Transfer the steaks to the broiler pan. Divide the cheese mixture evenly among the steaks, mounding it in the middle. Broil just until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

Per serving: 858 calories, 104 gm protein, 2 gm carbohydrates, 46 gm fat, 332 mg cholesterol, 23 gm saturated fat, 1,011 mg sodium, trace dietary fiber

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