Steak Sandwich with Arugula and Gorgonzola Cheese

Yes you read it right, Haute Stoner cuisine. It’s the new culinary movement or trend, no one is exactly sure yet. I just read about this in the New York Times and thought it was very interesting. It’s a trend in professional recipe development that creates dishes that stimulate every sense. The Haute Stoner Cuisine is not a term to be taken literally, but a term that describes the vibe of this new trend in the culinary world to create super flavorful, comforting dishes with quality ingredients that aren’t too far away from the ordinary everyday dishes we all enjoy.

In a recent article by the New York Times entitled, Marijuana Fuels a New Kitchen Culture, Anthony Bourdain states, “Everybody (chefs) smokes dope after work…. …..people you would never imagine.” Although we know not everyone lives their life in a haze, there have been recent chefs who admit openly to smoking marijuana. Just like cocaine fueled frenzied kitchens in the 80’s, marijuana is influencing dishes that are laid back, full flavored and comforting.

So are these chefs crazy druggies? Well, yes and no. I am sure some are, but most chefs who admittedly smoke marijuana are as fussy about the type of pot they smoke as they are picky about the olive oil they use, the coffee that starts their mornings, the red wine the drink, and the cheeses they enjoy.

These small band of stoner chefs say that the high calorie comfort foods and even the simplistic blissful mood of their dining rooms is influenced by the illegal drug. Mr. Bourdain states, “There has been an entire strata of restaurants created by chefs to feed other chefs… ….These are restaurants created specially for the tastes of the slightly stoned, slightly drunk chef after work.” Roy Choi, owner of the fleet of Kogi Korean taco trucks in Los Angeles and the new restaurant, Chego!, says “people get high and share delicious, inventive and accessible food.” He admits to using  marijuana to keep his creativity going and to squeeze in quick breaks in his 17-hour workdays.

The cereal milk soft-serve ice cream at Momofuku Milk Bar in Manhattan seems to be the perfect example of a dish created by a stoner. However, the pastry chef that invented it, Christina Tosi, states marijuana in no way influenced her dish. She says it was just an invention that came out of a different recipe’s failure.

So what defines Haute Stoner Cuisine? It’s a dish that can even appeal to a person in the altered sense that marijuana gives a person. The dish will be beautiful, smell wonderful, have textures and bold flavor; it’s the ultimate sensory experience with the best possible ingredients.

Of course you don’t have to be a stoner to enjoy and create this wonderful type of food. Foods like this appeal to the reptilian part of our brain. The foods that are being developed as part of this movement are being created by professional chefs and recipe developers. The dishes are well executed and meant to be something both counter-cultural and sophisticated. The restaurant, Animal in Los Angeles, owned by chef Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook make a perfect example of the type of food we are talking about, Cheddar cheese and French fries covered in oxtail gravy. Yummy!

So here is my interpretation of Haute Stoner Cuisine. Its easy to prepare, full of flavor, and has quality ingredients. I just took a simple steak sandwich and replaced the ordinary lettuce with some tasty arugula and flavorful gorgonzola cheese. For even more flavor, grate a few cloves of garlic in olive oil and drizzle the garlicky oil on top of the sandwich, perfect! (Note: there were no mind altering influences used in the creation of this dish, haha.)

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Steak Sandwich with Arugula and Gorgonzola Cheese

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4 thinly sliced top sirloin steaks
kosher salt
olive oil
sliced tomato
Gorgonzola cheese
french bread, or another crusty or artisan bread
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil


1. Preheat skillet. Salt and pepper steaks. Drizzle pan with olive oil. Cook steak over medium heat for 1 - 2 minutes on each side.

2. Grate garlic into olive oil and stir to combine.

3. Serve steak on bread topped with sliced tomato, arugula, gorgonzola cheese and garlic olive oil.

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  18 Responses to “Steak Sandwich with Arugula and Gorgonzola Cheese”

  1. Lindsey — May 21, 2010 @ 11:42 am

    Interesting… and it sure as heck beats cool ranch doritos!

  2. JulieD — May 21, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

    LOL, that’s funny. I just wanted to comment on your photograph…it’s absolutely beautiful!
    .-= JulieD´s last blog ..Chicken Fajitas =-.

  3. Belinda @zomppa — May 21, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

    Nice combo!!!
    .-= Belinda @zomppa´s last blog ..Photo of the Day: We Need Your Vote!! =-.

  4. Miranda — May 21, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

    WOW. What a too funny post. Very intersting. I love it! The dish too.
    .-= Miranda´s last blog ..Tastemaker: Buitoni Riserva =-.

  5. Stella — May 21, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

    Hey Angie, I’ve worked in restaurants all my life, and, whether I’m working in a hyperactive bar or a five star restaurant with James Beard Awards along with their own organic farm, there is always a lot of herb available and being smoked. There is certainly such thing as ‘haute stoner cuisine’! Now, I don’t know how many people besides Anthony Bourdain are going to admit it though (smile)…
    Bravo for a very brave post!
    .-= Stella´s last blog ..Sunflower Seed Pesto =-.

  6. Angie's Recipes — May 21, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

    THe picture has definitely persuaded me to try this new food trend!
    .-= Angie’s Recipes´s last blog ..Zucchini Ribbon Caper Salad =-.

  7. Melanie — May 21, 2010 @ 4:35 pm

    Delicious sandwich-hot or cold…yum
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..Bhakti Cafe NYC Opens Today..25 First Avenue In The EV =-.

  8. Monet — May 21, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

    Such an interesting post…I am going to have to look into this some more…thank you for linking to the NY Times article; I love reading their food section!
    This sandwich looks amazing, and I think you’ve been perfecting this cuisine for quite awhile. All of your food looks amazing, and I’m sure it only tastes and smells better. Thank you for sharing!
    .-= Monet´s last blog ..French Apple Tart =-.

  9. Jean — May 21, 2010 @ 10:16 pm

    What a beautiful grown-up sandwich!
    .-= Jean´s last blog ..My Favorite Lasagne alla Bolognese =-.

  10. 5 Star Foodie — May 21, 2010 @ 11:08 pm

    Fascinating to learn about this Haute Stoner Cuisine! The steak sandwich looks so good! I especially love the addition of gorgonzola cheese!
    .-= 5 Star Foodie´s last blog ..Cupcakes, Cake Pops, Avocado Feta Tartelettes and Other Small Bites =-.

  11. Joanne — May 22, 2010 @ 6:52 am

    I read that article and thought it was hysterical but also kind of informative. Stoners, after all, are renowned for their ability to eat so it makes sense that they would create some awesome food. Especially in an uninhibited stoned state. This steak and gorgonzola dish looks delicious. I would love it, stoned or otherwise.
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Caramelized Onions, Broccoli, and Ricotta Pasta =-.

  12. grace — May 22, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    ah, tony. how i love you and your blunt, candid opinions. great sandwich and post, angie!
    .-= grace´s last blog ..equal billing =-.

  13. haha that was a very interesting article, and it so makes sense too. I guess some people are their most creative when they are stoned! I love your interpretation of this article, great sandwich! Also I love the picture of yourself you put on here, gorgeous!
    .-= Nicole (Making Good Choices)´s last blog ..Field Trip! =-.

  14. Melanie — May 23, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    I just made this sandwich today–totally yummy–
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..The Scaffolding Is Down On E. 9th Street & 1st Ave. =-.

  15. Juliana — May 24, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

    Wow, what a nice sandwich…love steak, the gorgonzola cheese sure adds a great taste to it 🙂

  16. I just noticed you changed the name of your blog! I love it! How come you changed?

  17. Anonymous — October 16, 2014 @ 6:29 am

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