4 boneless rib eye steaks (1 inch thick; about 8 oz. each)
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. butter
About 1/2 cup of broken vermicelli or spaghetti (1-inch pieces)
1 cup long-grain white rice
2 cups chicken stock
½ cup walnuts
1 small bundle (about 8 stems) of Tuscan kale, center stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped
1 tbsp. refined olive oil (light in color and flavor), or 1 tbsp. canola oil
1 lemon, halved
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp. flour
1 ½ cups half-and-half
4 oz. Gorgonzola dolce
About 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
A handful of fresh lat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Preheat the oven to 375°.
Let the steaks come to room temperature. Pat dry and season with salt and pepper and the rosemary.
For the rice, in a 3-qt. saucepot or deep skillet with a lid, heat the olive oil, one turn of the pan, over medium-high. Add 1 tbsp. butter. When the butter foams, add the broken vermicelli. Cook, stirring often, until deep golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the rice. Stir for 1 minute; season. Add the stock. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until the vermicelli rice is tender, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, on a small baking sheet, toast the nuts until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Add the kale to the processor bowl. Pulse until finely chopped. Add the nuts and kale to the vermicelli rice. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork.
Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Add the refined olive oil, one turn of the pan. Add the steaks. Cook, turning occasionally, for about 8 minutes. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the halved lemon to the pan, cut-side down. Cook until the lemon is browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer the steaks and lemon to a plate. Let the steaks rest.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt the remaining 2 tbsp. butter over medium heat. Add the garlic. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the flour. Cook, whisking often, until the flour absorbs into the butter, a minute or two. Whisk in the half-and-half. Cook, whisking often, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the Gorgonzola, 1 piece at a time, stirring until melted. Stir in the Parm and parsley. Remove the sauce from heat.
Place the steaks on plates. Douse with the lemon halves. Top with the sauce. Serve with the vermicelli rice.