Feb 14 2012

French Onion Ribeye Sandwich

Published by at 12:48 am under Beef,Sandwich,Steak

A Valentine Treat for Your Man

French Onion Ribeye Sandwich

French Onion Ribeye Sandwich

Men love meat, at least the man in my life does. Perhaps you have been fortunate enough to see the magic that occurs when a man is face-to-face with a medium-rare steak.  Their mouth waters, their voice deepens, their chests puff up, and all of sudden, they feel the testosterone bubbling inside reunite them with their predecessors, those cavemen treading through the wild, spear in hands as they search for their prey, exclaiming, “Me want meat!”

What better gift to your man on Valentine’s day than one that gives them that gratifying feeling of being a man. Especially after all the time they spend behind a desk at work, running trivial errands, and doing house chores we expect them to do, it is a true treat to bestow them with a mouth watering piece of flesh which they can devour with their hands, not a knife and fork,but with the satisfaction of the juices dripping down from their mouth to their chin to their hands and finally down their elbows.

This meal is designed to do just that. I’m proud to say that I witnessed it first hand with my very own husband.

French Onion Ribeye Sandwich Recipe

(serves 4)


2 rib-eye steaks (2 lbs total)

2 large white or yellow onions

2 tablespoons of grill seasoning or lots of salt and pepper  (Montreal Grill Seasoning is a good choice)

1 cup shredded gruyere

Four pretzel buns


olive oil

Thousand Island Dressing Recipe:

1/2 cup of chopped pickles

1/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup mayo

Season your room-temperature Ribeye steaks liberally with grill seasoning or salt and pepper. Place in a hot cast iron skillet or on a cast iron grill pan for 8 min on each side  for medium rare. Depending on the thickness of your steak you may need to cook them bit less or a bit longer. (My steaks were about 2 inches thick and 8 minutes per side was just fine.) Let the steaks rest for about 5 minutes before slicing a piece so you don’t lose all the juices. If the meat is not cooked to your liking, place the steaks in the oven at 400 degrees for another 2-3 minutes. Again, wait five minutes before cutting the meat on the diagonal in 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick slices.

In a deep sauté pan over medium heat add two tablespoons butter and two tablespoons olive oil. Slice your onions thinly and add them to the pan.  Let them cook for about 35-45 minutes until they are caramelized (a deep brown color). You may want to add the salt towards the end. If you add salt to them right away, it will draw out the liquid making the caramelization time longer.

Mix the the chopped pickles, ketchup, mayo, and salt and pepper to taste to make your Thousand Island dressing.

Place your halved pretzel buns in the oven or in the cast iron pan to give them a nice crust.

On the bottom half of the bun, lay a bed of sliced ribeye, top that with a nice dollop of the caramelized onions, then finally top it with the shredded gruyere. Do this for all your buns. Place it in the broiler on the top rack for about a couple minutes until the cheese melts. Slather some of the Thousand Island on the top half of the buns and reunite them with their better halves. Bon Appetit! Happy Valentine’s Day!


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