Atlas Steak with Fondant Potatoes

Atlas Steak with Fondant Potatoes
Wagyu rib-eye cap steak is joined by decadent fondant potatoes at Atlanta's Atlas. (Courtesy of Atlas)
Jan 27, 2017

Courtesy of chef Christopher Grossman, Atlas, Atlanta, adapted from his original recipe.

Atlas Steak with Fondant Potatoes and Garlic Béchamel

  • 10-ounce wagyu rib-eye cap steak (or substitute filet mignon or rib eye)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fleur de sel and pepper, to taste
  • Fondant Potatoes (recipe below)
  • Garlic Béchamel (recipe below)

1. Allow steaks to temper at room temperature for 30 minutes, then lightly oil and season well with salt and pepper. In a very hot cast-iron skillet, cook to desired doneness. Allow the steaks to rest before slicing, then sprinkle with fleur de sel.

Fondant Potatoes

  • 2 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
  • Water
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • Salt to taste

1. Cut the potatoes in half and place in a pot, flat-side down. Fill the pot with enough water to cover about three quarters of the potatoes. Place 2 tablespoons cold butter on top of each potato half, season liberally with salt and bring to a simmer.

2. Once water has cooked off and only butter remains, reduce the heat to medium-low until the butter has lightly browned to the color of honey (you should be able to see the potato bottoms getting color around the edges). Turn the heat off and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes. Top with fleur de sel just before serving.

Garlic Béchamel

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon roasted garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons black garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • Salt as needed

1. Melt butter in pot, add flour, and stir over medium-low heat to make a blonde roux.

2. Once flour becomes aromatic and mixture is completely homogeneous, add milk and cream. Bring to a simmer and add roasted garlic, black garlic and parmesan cheese. Bring the mixture back to a simmer and whisk to melt cheese.

3. Put mixture into a blender and add Sherry vinegar. Béchamel should be a saucelike consistency; thin with water if needed. Makes 1 to 2 cups.

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