Saturday, April 3, 2021

Date Night: Sirloin Tips and Gravy

Comfort food galore of Food of the Gods....you decide!  These Sirloin tips are simmered in the most succulent and saucy gravy that will have them begging for more.




Sirloin Tips and Gravy


We had a wonderful date night Friday night.   A stay at home (which we always do anyway these days during Covid) date night with a wonderful dinner, candlelight, wine, and smooth jazz.  This was a "turn off the TV" and let's have some fun kind of date night.  We haven't relaxed like that in quite a while.  To me date night calls for steak.  But one that's cozy, more like comfort food since it is still chilly here at night.  This Sirloin Tips and Gravy is the ultimate comfort food.  It's heavenly actually,  and it couldn't be easier or quicker to make.

Bite sized pieces of sirloin steak are seasoned and seared then simmered in the most heavenly beef gravy sauce spiked with red wine, rosemary & thyme, and garlic.  Served along side of rice, mashed potatoes, or noddles you have a dinner that is the food of the Gods!

Let's talk about the gravy for a minute.  This isn't you plain old everyday brown gravy.  No ma'am!  This is a decadent rich and thick saucy gravy filled with wine, onions, and spices.  THIS is what makes the dish AMAZING!   Don't skip the gravy, cause it's what this is all about.  Enjoy!



What Ingredients do I need?

  • sirloin steak
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • onion
  • red wine
  • beef broth
  • olive oil
  • dried thyme
  • dried rosemary
  • garlic
  • butter
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • cornstarch



Substitutions and Variations

  • Use NY strip steak or filet mignon as decadent alternatives.  
  • Use white wine instead of red or leave out the wine if needed.
  • Use shallots instead of onions
  • Serve with egg noodles, mashed potatoes or rich.
  • Serve with crusty bread to soak up all the sauces
  • Add mushrooms along with the onions to the sauce

Kitchen Tips and Notes

  • Stew meat would not work in this dish as it needs a long cooking time.
  • This spice rub is great on fish, chicken, or pork.
  • The sauce would be wonderful over pot roast, or make a version with chicken broth and white wine over pork roast.




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Sirloin Tips and Gravy


serves 4


1 ½ lbs. top sirloin steak
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3 Tablespoons flour
3 Tablespoons olive oil

Gravy
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups beef broth
3 Tablespoons butter, separated
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup cold water + 3 tablespoons cornstarch

On a cutting board, cut steak into 1-inch cubes, trimming any large pieces of fat.  Combine beef seasoning and sprinkle it over the meat. Toss to coat. Sprinkle flour over the meat and toss.

Heat 3 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the sirloin, in batches if needed, and sear meat browning all sides about 1 - 1 1/2 minutes total.    The meat will not be cooked at this point.   Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining beef if necessary.

Reduce the heat to medium and add 2 TBS butter.   When melted add the onions. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add the wine and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.  Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.  Add the beef broth, thyme, rosemary, onion powder, and garlic powder.  Bring to a boil.

In a small measuring cup add the cornstarch and the water, whisking to combine.  Whisk in the cornstarch into the hot gravy in a steady stream and stir.  All the gravy to come to another boil.  Then reduce your heat to medium-low.  Add back in the beef along with any accumulated juices.   Cook partially covered with a lid for 10 minutes, until beef is cooked through.  Remove the pot from the heat.  Stir in the remaining tablespoon of butter into the sauce.  










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