These blue cheese steak crostini are the perfect little appetizer bite. Garlicky toasted bread topped with salty blue cheese, rare steak and a balsamic reduction are a great Valentine’s Day nibble.

Last month, Brandy and I spent a day making a mess in the kitchen, drinking far too many Manhattan’s (which led to an inappropriate amount of discussion about Jon Hamm’s genitals) and stuffing our faces with blue cheese steak crostini all while forcing her husband to sit there and watch the shit-show unfold for 11 hours as we tried to capture it on video.

Yep, video.

With this post, Kick Sass Kitchen is born and we’re promising to bring at least 1 hot mess of cooking, banter and most likely a lot of booze to your computer screen a month.

These blue cheese steak crostini are the perfect little appetizer bite. Garlicky toasted bread topped with salty blue cheese, rare steak and a balsamic reduction are a great Valentine's Day nibble.
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Brandy being the booze queen she is made a classic Manhattan cocktail and since it took approximately 5 times longer to make the crostini than it did the Manhattan, I’ll let you decide how many drinks you think I had before getting behind the camera.

Side note: can we get a ‘hell yeah’ for alcohol real quick? I mean, where would things like karaoke, dancing and recipe videos be without it?

So with that in mind, here we are in our first 6 minutes and 30 seconds of internet video fame (ok, not really and yes, we’ll make it shorter next time).

As for these blue cheese steak crostini, they’re really everything you could want in an appetizer bite.

Buttery, garlicky, salty, sweet, tangy AND a piece of juicy rare steak to go with it all.

If you don’t have a grill pan to make the steak indoors and your grill is covered with snow this time of year like mine, you can air fry the steak instead.

If you’d prefer a full on steak dinner, then give this air fryer filet mignon steak or this balsamic dijon beef tenderloin a try instead. Both a rare steak lovers dream dinner.

These crostini are a great Valentine’s Day appetizer (or any holiday appetizer for that matter) or, just eat like 10 of them and call it a meal, that’s totally acceptable too.

Especially, after a few Manhattans.

These Blue Cheese Steak Crostini bites make the perfect appetizer for any special occasion or party with creamy blue cheese and thinly sliced rare steak.

Sadly, I wasn’t kidding about the Jon Hamm thing either.

So if you want a laugh, check out the outtakes (voice cameos from Ulysses, Art and my mom). Real life, people. Real life.

Pair these blue cheese steak crostini with a Valentine’s Day dessert like a Fudgy paleo skillet brownieTart cherry fudge thumbprintsChocolate almond truffles or be super impressive and fancy with this strawberry almond galette.

Who needs a meal when you can just have appetizers, dessert (and booze! of course)?

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Blue Cheese Steak Crostini

Servings: 15 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Blue cheese steak crostini
These blue cheese steak crostini are the perfect little bite. Garlicky toasted bread topped with salty blue cheese, rare steak and a balsamic reduction are a great Valentine’s Day nibble.

Ingredients 

  • 1 loaf French baguette
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound sirloin tips, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh herbs for garnish

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice baguette into 1/2 inch slices on the diagonal.
  • Melt the butter in a small dish and brush each piece of bread.
  • Smash 1-2 cloves of garlic and rub on the bread.
  • Place bread on a baking sheet and toast for 5-7 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Pour balsamic vinegar into a small sauce pot, bring to a boil then reduce to a low simmer until vinegar has halved and thickened. It will coat the back of a spoon when done. Turn off heat and set aside.
  • Place blue cheese, milk, 1 smashed clove of garlic, salt and pepper in a small sauce pot and bring to a high simmer, stirring frequently until blue cheese is melted and smooth. Turn off heat and set aside.
  • Heat a greased grill pan over medium-high heat.
  • Season steak tips with salt and pepper and grill 1-2 minutes per side for rare to medium-rare.
  • To assemble the crostini, spread the blue cheese sauce on the toasted bread, top with a piece of steak, drizzle with the balsamic reduction and top with fresh herbs.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 222kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 14gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 346mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
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53 Comments

  1. hey!
    I stumbled across your video….I got hooked as soon as you mentioned you got the bitters in Portland, Me….my home… thanks for keeping it real…made me smile and the crostini’s are appearing at christmas eve.
    cheers!
    betsy

  2. Drinking too much alcohol and talking about a guy’s genitals is one thing. Sharing it on the internet shows a total lack of propriety. It turned me off of this recipe and this site. People have lost all sense of should and should not be aired in public. Grown women talking about male genitalia isn’t cute.

  3. Im so looking forward to making this appetizer for my whole family for our easter celebration. really enjoyed the video.

  4. Hi … I am planning on making this for a wine tasting /pairing event at my home. Can you make any of this ahead of time? Looks delicious

    1. I wouldn’t put these together in advance as the crostini will get mushy. You could make the blue cheese sauce and the balsamic reduction ahead of time but I’d make the steak right before and then assemble as you’re getting ready to serve.

  5. Um, those outtakes totally just made my afternoon. As in, I just want to be the third person eating those crostini and talking about Dick’s dick so baaaaaaaaad. No wait, Hamm’s ham? Jon’s john? And that crostini is making my preggers mouth water. ALL THE RARE STEAK EVER. Well done, ladies!