How to make it

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat.
  • Meanwhile, trim the steaks of excess fat and cut each one in half (to form 4 portions); season all over with 1 teaspoon of the salt (total). Allow the meat to come to room temperature.
  • -- As you finish prepping the following items, place them in the bowl of a food processor:
  • Peel and crush the garlic.
  • Peel and pit the ripe avocado; reserve 1/2 for an accompanying salad or for another use.
  • Wash and dry the cilantro leaves; discard the stems.
  • Squeeze the juice from the lime(s); there should be about 3 tablespoons.
  • -- Tomatillos:
  • Peel and discard the tomatillos' papery husks; drop the tomatillos into the boiling water and cook for 3 minutes (to enhance their flavor and reduce the skins' sticky residue).
  • Drain and rinse under cold running water until just warm to the touch. Use a small paring knife to remove and discard the cores; cut the cored tomatillos in half and place in the bowl of the food processor with the other prepped ingredients.
  • Add the hot pepper sauce, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the tequila.
  • Puree until smooth; taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. Set aside.
  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet (not nonstick) over high heat for 1 to 2 minutes, then add the peanut oil and watch it scatter across the skillet.
  • Lightly rub the tops of the steaks with olive oil and sear (non-oiled side down) for 3 minutes, then use tongs to turn them over and sear for 3 minutes.
  • Transfer to the oven and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until the meat's internal temperature registers 120 to 130 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Remove from the oven and lightly season the steaks with pepper to taste; transfer to a platter, cover loosely with aluminum foil and allow to rest while you finish the sauce.
  • Cut the grape tomatoes in half lengthwise, if desired. Divide among individual plates.
  • Transfer the sauce into the skillet and place over medium-high heat.
  • Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, whisking constantly to incorporate meat juices in the skillet, until the sauce has thickened and some of its liquid has evaporated. Remove from the heat. Add any collected meat juices from the platter and stir to combine.
  • Divide the steaks among individual plates with the tomatoes; spoon some of the sauce alongside or on top.
  • Serve hot. Pass the remaining sauce at the table.
  • -- Note: The steaks can be cooked on an outdoor grill; set it up for direct and indirect heat. Grill the meat over direct heat for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, then move the steaks to indirect heat and cook for 6 to 8 minutes total, turning as necessary. After the steaks rest, collect any juices and add them to the final quick cooking of the sauce.

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    " It was excellent "
    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    This almost looks good enough to eat.... ;-)~ Very nice...
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    " It was excellent "
    wynnebaer ate it and said...
    I love this, Dave.....Like sparow said, anything with beef and tequila and I'm all over it....Gotta make this soon...But I promise you, I won't wait till it's done to do that shot...TeeHee...:)
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    Wow i am here on command from sparrow i guess tequila does make you clothes fall off hahaha we girls had happy hour at 5 am this morning it was a strip tease instead hahaha wonderful recipe dave !!!............yummmmmmmmm thanks sparrow

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    " It was excellent "
    sparow64 ate it and said...
    OMG Dave...this is wonderful! Anything better than a steak, it's a steak with Tequila in the sauce!!!! Tink and wynne and greekgirrrl and I have just been discussing that tequila makes our clothes fall off...wonder if that works when it's on a steak???? LOL Seriously...killer recipe, have been looking for something awesome to fix as a surprise for Bryan's b-day in a couple of weeks. He loves NY Strip, and everything in the sauce...I think I just found his b-day supper!! Thanks, Lori
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    " It was excellent "
    greekgirrrl ate it and said...
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    " It was excellent "
    bluewaterandsand ate it and said...
    Oh no, got to have a tequila shot before, lol. Superb recipe!
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    " It was excellent "
    chefmeow ate it and said...
    Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum...........this sounds fantastic. You have my 5 no doubt.
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