The secret to making a perfect steak sandwich, according to a golf-club chef

Baltusrol's popular steak sandwich on a plate

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Fresh off a renovation of its Lower Course, Baltusrol Golf Club is now looking toward a 2023 redo of its other 18, the Upper Course. 

But for all that is in flux at the historic New Jersey club, one thing won’t be changing: the steak sandwich.

The item is a favorite on the clubhouse menu, and Baltusrol’s executive chef Ed Stone tells how to replicate it at home.

How to make a Baltusrol-grade steak sandwich

1. The meat

Use prime grade beef. Anything less and you’re cheating yourself.

2. The seasoning

Marinade? Nope. That would be like over-thinking your swing. Keep it simple. Sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

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3. Cooking style

In the kitchen, as on the course, there are a lot of ways to get things done. Stone recommends pan-roasting on a cast iron skillet. Or, better yet, step outside and do it on the grill. High heat, please. Shoot for a good sear, without over-cooking, for approximately 4-6 minutes per side.

4. How to cut the meat

We know you can slice a ball. But what about a steak? Start with a sharp knife, the cut on a slight bias. It will help keep every bite tender and juicy. Aim for about 1/4-inch in thickness.

5. The bread

Toasted ciabatta, brushed with garlic butter. If you don’t have ciabatta, a baguette works great.

6. Garnish

If you’re intent on being true to the recipe, you’ll need to make a demi-glace, a rich brown sauce with a stock base. But no one will complain about a drizzling of pan juices. Add caramelized onions, and you’re done.

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