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for the blackening spice:
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp ground black pepper
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 – 6 oz tenderloin steaks (baseball cut)
1 tbs vegetable or canola oil
Combine spices. Coat sides of steaks with mixture.
Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over high heat. Sear steaks for about a minute on both sides. Transfer to a 375F oven and continue cooking to desired doneness. Let meat rest a few minutes before serving.
try it with blue cheese butter:
Combine 2 oz blue cheese with 1 oz room temperature butter until smooth. Place a spoonful of mixture on top of each steak and serve.
Or slice steak and serve on a bed of baby greens, with thinly sliced red onion, halved grape tomatoes, dressed with:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
pinch kosher salt
crumbled blue cheese
Whisk together first three ingredients until combined. Toss with salad ingredients. Top with sliced steak and crumbled blue cheese.
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