This post is sponsored by Panorama Meats. As always, all opinions, thoughts and recipes are my own.
A twist on two classics, Steak Bruschetta with French Onion Marmalade makes the perfect party appetizer and is great for sharing. Parts of this recipe can be made days in advance for easy entertaining, too! Makes 36 bruschetta.
The biggest football party of the year is happening THIS WEEKEND, and I’m bringing our new favorite appetizer to the table today. Yes, yes, yes.
If you have been hanging around these parts for any amount of time, you know my love for all things French Onion-flavored (hello, Instant Pot French Onion Meatloaf), as well as my penchant for unique bruschetta (like this Greek Bruschetta).
Well, today, I’m teaming up with my friends from Panorama Meats to bring y’all a decadent appetizer to serve at a party that looks super fancy, but is actually quite easy to make when you get the steps down pat.
And it involves steak, cheese and a French Onion-flavored onion marmalade all on top of a baguette!
Hi, hello, this stuff is heavenly, and you’ve gotta make it soooooon.
Have you seen the other recipes I’ve made using Panorama Meats products?: Beef Taco Pasta Salad | Grilled Steak Flatbread Pizza | Homemade Loaded Queso | Texas Chili (without beans!) | Ground Beef Meat Pies | French Onion Steak Pasta | How to Broil Steak
Looking for more entertaining recipes for your football party? Check out my entertaining recipe index for inspiration!
Why I’m Using A Panorama Ribeye Steak In This Recipe:
If you were to take me to a steakhouse, you’d learn that the RIBEYE is my favorite cut of beef.
Why? I love the marbled fat runs through ribeye steaks. And since fat equals flavor, that fat makes ‘em that much more delicious.
So when brainstorming this recipe with my friends at Panorama, I knew I wanted to put their ribeye front and center. After all, it’s a favorite cut of mine for a reason, and every ribeye of theirs that I’ve had the pleasure of eating has been delightful.
Why I love Panorama Meats (and why I think you should, too)
I cannot talk enough about how good Panorama Meats’ beef tastes, y’all. To me, it tastes like it’s straight from a steakhouse—yes, it’s that good.
Also, Panorama’s dedication to animal welfare is something that resonates with me. The older I’ve gotten, the more conscientious I have become about what I eat and the meat I consume.
All of Panorama’s products are Certified Organic by USDA and Global Animal Partnership Animal Welfare Rated Step 4.
With the organic label, the cattle receive no added hormones or antibiotics ever. Panorama farmers don’t use methods of growth stimulation, either.
However, they believe in humane animal treatment, so if an animal gets sick and cannot recover on its own, it is treated. After treatment, it no longer qualifies for the organic program.
Not only are the cattle—which are all born and raised in the United States by family ranchers—100% grass-fed and grass-finished, which means they live in a pasture and eating grasses, legumes and range forage for the duration of their lives, but the company has incredibly high standards, too.
Have you tried Panorama Meats products yet?
What you’ll need to make Steak Bruschetta and a French Onion Marmalade
- A sharp knife and a cutting board
- A large nonstick skillet
- Aluminum foil
- Instant read meat thermometer
- A serrated knife
- Large sheet pan
- Parchment paper
How to make Steak Bruschetta with French Onion Marmalade
Make French Onion Marmalade
Chop the onions. For this recipe, instead of leaving them in rounds like you would French Onion Soup, I’ve diced them so our marmalade is a little less stringy.
Caramelize the onions. In a nonstick skillet, add the butter and then the onions. Add the salt, too. Cook over medium heat for 20(ish) minutes. Stir occasionally so the onions don’t stick to the bottom of your pan, and keep cooking ‘em until the onions have turned a golden brown color.
Pour in the red wine and red wine vinegar, and continue cooking for another 10(ish) minutes, or until the marmalade is even more caramelized and jammy. Add the fresh thyme, and gently stir it in before transferring the marmalade to a mason jar or a food storage container.
PRO TIP: You can store this goodness in the fridge for a few days, so if you have the opportunity, make the marmalade in advance.
Cook the Panorama Steaks
To sear the steaks, add butter and oil to a nonstick skillet over high heat. You can use the same nonstick pan that you used for the French Onion Bruschetta.
Remove the steaks from their packaging, pat dry with a paper towel and then season with salt and pepper. I like to use about ½ teaspoon of both salt and pepper on an 8 oz. steak, which is the size of these Panorama ribeyes.
When the skillet is hot, sear the steaks in it. If you have one, use a splatter guard to cover the pan while the steaks cooks so your stovetop is less of a mess (and you don’t accidentally get splattered.)
PRO TIP: You only want to flip the steaks once, so let it cook for 3-5 minutes on the first side before flipping, ensuring it has a nice caramelized color on the outside before the flip.
After 2-3 minutes on the second side, take the steaks’ temperatures using a digital meat thermometer. If the temp is within 5-10°F of your ideal temperature, remove the steak from the pan. (If the steaks aren’t close to your ideal temperature, let them cook longer.)
When the steaks have finished their cook, transfer to a plate, and cover with foil. Let them rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing thinly.
KEEP IN MIND: You need to cut your steaks into the number of slices as you have of the baguette so each individual bruschetta has a slice of steak. This meant I had to cut my steak into 18 slices a piece. I ended up having to cut some of the larger/wider pieces of steak in two.
Make the bruschetta
Preheat the broiler, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Slice a baguette into rounds, and place ’em on the prepared baking sheet.
Next, smear the onion marmalade onto the baguette rounds.
Sprinkle shredded gruyere cheese on top of the marmalade. (If you buy a block of gruyere, I recommend shredding it when your steak is searing or when the onions are caramelizing.)
Broil the bruschetta for about 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese is toasty and bubbly, and then remove from the broiler.
Let the bruschetta cool for 10(ish) minutes before you place the sliced steak on top of the bruschetta, sprinkle with extra thyme, and serve.
Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips and Tricks
Steak Bruschetta, obviously, is wonderful for sharing, and I highly recommend it! It’s an elevated appetizer that looks super fancy, but is actually quite easy to put together.
However, a few elements of it do take time, so it’s important to plan to do this in stages if you don’t want to be overwhelmed the day of your gathering.
Here are a few ways for making this “fancy toast” easier for entertaining:
- Make the onion marmalade in advance. It keeps in the fridge, so you can make it 2-3 days beforehand.
- Shred the cheese and prepare the fresh thyme early, too. If you have time to knock this stuff out before the day of your party (or when you’re making the marmalade), even better. Store both in the fridge in separate food storage containers until it’s go time.
- Cook the steak an hour before guests arrive. Just be sure to pull the steak out of the pan before it hits your ideal temperature so it doesn’t overcook while you wait for guests.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Know When My Steak Is Cooked?
We all like our steak cooked a little differently because everyone has different tastebuds.
- RARE steak has a cool, red center and will reach the temperature of 125°F.
- MEDIUM RARE steak has a warm red center and will reach the temperature of 135°F.
- A MEDIUM steak has a warm pink center and will reach the temperature of 145°F.
- A MEDIUM WELL steak has a slightly pink center (think very slightly) and will reach the temperature of 150°F.
- WELL DONE steak is cooked completely through, with very little pink left in the middle. It will reach the internal temperature of 160°F.
Remember that your steak’s internal temperature will hit this final, desired temperature while it rests, not while it’s cooking, because steaks continue to cook when they are out of the pan. Because of this, remove your steak from the pan about 5-10°F before it reaches your desired temperature.
How do I take my steak’s temperature?
To take your steak’s temperature, gently stick the digital meat thermometer’s tip into the center of the steak. Be careful not to push it all the way through, and give it a few moments to give you an accurate reading.
Why should I use a digital meat thermometer?
It’s faster and more accurate than a more analog thermometer to measure the temperature of meat.
Where can I find Panorama Meats products?
Panorama Meats can be found at 120 Whole Foods Markets throughout Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, Florida and the Southwest, including Texas. They’re sold at Brookshire Brothers in Texas, too.
Let’s talk about bruschetta!
Bruschetta is a simple Italian appetizer that is toasted bread, rubbed with garlic and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. The bread can be toasted in either the oven or on the grill.
Traditionally, it’s this toasty bread (with the garlic and EVOO) is topped with fresh tomatoes (if they’re in season) and a pinch of salt. Since the bread is toasted/grilled, it holds up to the juiciness of the fresh tomato.
This classic Italian recipe hails from Tuscany, though bruschetta is made all over Italy with fresh, seasonal ingredients! (Want to learn more? I loved reading about bruschetta from La Cucina Italiana.)
Now, obviously, this bruschetta recipe strays from the classic, but I hope that the celebration of a seasonal ingredient on a delicious slice of bread speaks to you and your tastebuds.
Quick tips for making Steak Bruschetta
- Double or triple the recipe for a large party!
- Prep your ingredients in advance. This means doing the chopping, cheese shredding and removing the thyme from stems early to keep the stress away. You can even slice the bread in rounds a day in advance, but if you do it earlier than that, you run the risk of the bread being a little stale.
- Make the marmalade 2-3 days early so you only have to cook the steaks and put together the bruschetta on the day of your party.
Know your ideal temp?
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A twist on two classics, Steak Bruschetta with French Onion Marmalade makes the perfect party appetizer and is great for sharing. Parts of this recipe can be made days in advance for easy entertaining, too!
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 yellow onions, medium
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ cup red wine, dry
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 16 oz. Panorama Grass Fed Grass Ribeye Steaks (2 steaks)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 12 oz. gruyere cheese, shredded
- Onion Marmalade, recipe above
- Fresh thyme, for garnish
Make French Onion Marmalade
- Dice the onions, and measure out the rest of the ingredients for the marmalade before getting started.
- In a nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt the butter, and then add the onions. Season with salt.
- Cook the onions for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally so the onions don’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook until the onions are golden brown and beginning to caramelize.
- Pour in the red wine, and let it bubble for a few minutes.
- Add the red wine vinegar, and continue cooking the marmalade on medium-low for another 10 minutes, or until the onions are more caramelized and soft. Continually stir so the marmalade doesn’t stick.
- Add the fresh thyme leaves, and gently stir them in.
- Remove the marmalade from the heat, and transfer to a mason jar or a food storage container. Refrigerate until it’s time to use them.
Sear the Panorama Ribeye Steaks
- To sear the steaks, add butter and oil to the nonstick skillet over high heat. You can use the same nonstick pan that you used for the French Onion Bruschetta.
- While the butter melts, remove the steak from its packaging, pat dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
- Gently place the steaks in the hot skillet. Cover with a splatter guard.
- Cook the steaks for 4-5 minutes on the first side before flipping once.
- Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes before taking the steaks’ temperatures with a digital thermometer. If the steaks are within 5-10°F of your ideal temperature, remove it from the skillet, remove it from the heat. If the steaks aren’t close to your ideal temperature, continue cooking.
- When the steaks have finished in the skillet, transfer to a plate and cover with foil.
- Let the steaks rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing thinly with a sharp knife. Make sure that you cut the number of slices as you have of the baguette so each individual bruschetta has a slice of steak.
Make the bruschetta
- Preheat the broiler, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Slice a baguette into ½” thick rounds with a serrated knife. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Smear 2-3 teaspoons of the French Onion Marmalade onto the baguette rounds.
- Sprinkle 2-3 teaspoons of the gruyere cheese on top of the marmalade. Try to keep it mostly on the baguette, as it will get bubbly and stick to other baguettes if it hits the pan.
- Broil the bruschetta for about 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese is toasty and bubbly.
- Remove from the broiler and let the bruschetta cool for 10 minutes.
- Place the sliced Panorama ribeye steaks on top of the bruschetta.
- Add a sprinkle of extra fresh thyme leaves for garnish.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
What temperature should my steak be?
Rare (cool red center): 125°F
Medium rare (warm red center): 135°F
Medium (warm pink center): 145°F
Medium well (light pink center): 150°F
Well done (cooked entirely through): 160°F
How do I take my steak’s temperature?
Poke a digital meat thermometer’s tip into the center of the steak. Be careful not to push it all the way through the other side.
Let the thermometer tell you what the temperature is, and then transfer the steak to a plate and cover if it’s within 5-10°F of your ideal temperature. If it’s not close to your ideal temp, cook it for longer.
How much salt and pepper should I use on my steak?
I like to use about ½ teaspoon of salt and pepper each on an 8 oz. steak, which is the size of these Panorama ribeyes.
Serving Size:1 bruschetta
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 104Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 129mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.