I wish I could convey the chaos that surrounded the evening we had these amazing Grilled Steak Bites with Creamy Blue Cheese dipping sauce at our campsite. You know how it is… sometimes everything goes according to plan. No hitches. No glitches. But sometimes…. well… sometimes S#%! just happens. Such was the case the night we had the Steak Bites.
The sites were great – private, quiet, and just enough shade (well, almost…). We convinced my sister and her hubby to join us. Yay! And the inlaws rescheduled the end of their 4 month RV road trip so they could meet up with us there! Double yay! So I planned some nice camp food to celebrate us all getting together one last time to bid adieu to summer. (Boo…) Steak Bites with Creamy Blue Cheese dipping sauce – the perfect celebratory end of season meal! Yay! 🙂
Then things started to go south. My sister’s RV kept blowing fuses. The day was spent testing batteries, wires, connections, bed motors, and who knows what else, to no avail. After 8 plus hours of running the generator in an attempt to figure out the issue, we gave up. My sister and spouse would end up spending the weekend without power. Bummer.
Next, it was our turn for issues. You know that smell… the barely discernable rotten egg smell that makes you stop in your tracks and sniff around like a bloodhound to determine its origin. Yep. Propane leak. That’s never good. Several hours of investigating and more propane tank switching around than I care to discuss, we were defeated (for the second time that trip!). The leak couldn’t be stopped or fixed with the equipment we had. Definitely not good at all.
It’s especially not good when I had planned on preparing the wonderful, creamy, tangy chunky blue cheese dipping sauce on our RV cooktop. Oh wait! We have a microwave (but no plug ins at the site)… Oh wait! We have a huge generator that will run the power-hungry thing. Oops, the generator runs on propane. Can’t do that. Back to ground zero. Oh wait, my hubby reminds us we have a small portable generator that should run the microwave. Perfect! I transfer all the ingredients from the pots and pans I had planned to use on the cooktop to microwave save dishes. No problem. Turn on the microwave. No power, despite the portable generator. Guess it’s not powerful enough… That’s a drag.
But… as a final, last-ditch effort to get the darn sauce out (because the sauce really does take the Steak Bites to a whole different level), I transfer all the ingredients back to the pots and pans and decide to put them on the grate over our campfire. It’s late and dark by now, but better late than never, right? On my way down to the campfire, I run into hubby. I moan and groan about the generator not being able to power the microwave. Shocked look on his face, he calmly asks whether I plugged it in…. Uh…. duh…. Nope! Figures. By now I really felt defeated!
But back I went… up to the RV, transferred the ingredients to microwave dishes One. More. Time, plugged the stupid thing in and bingo!! That luxurious, creamy, blue cheesy, fabulous sauce for the tender, meaty steak bites was done in a couple of minutes! Ahhh…. life is good! Until…. not one, but BOTH inlaws manage to semi-inhale pieces of the steak bites. Nope… not good at all. Well, a few tense moments, a glass of water, and a couple of pounding on backs later, it all worked out. Everyone was back to sitting around the crackling campfire, nibbling away on what really and truly is one of the easiest and most impressive camping meals, smiles on faces, and evening cocktails in hand. Ahhhh…. Life really is good! It’s got ups and downs, highs and lows, frustrations and successes, but that’s what makes life life. Get out there and enjoy it! 🙂
How to Make Steak Bites with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing (it’s really easy!)
Get a good quality top sirloin steak and cut into 1-inch pieces. Put 5-8 pieces on each skewer. Liberally salt and pepper the meat (can use seasoned salt). Set grill to high temp. Sear meat skewers on all sides for 1-2 minutes per side (for medium rare). Remove from heat and let sit while you make the sauce. In a saucepan, combine cream cheese, cream, and butter. Bring to a simmer and stir until well combined. Remove from heat and add blue cheese crumbles. Serve drizzled over meat skewers or in a side dish for dipping. Top with sliced green onions for garnish. Full recipe below.
Need an easy side dish to pair with the Steak Bites? Try this awesome foil packet steamed broccoli!
How about a cocktail? Here’s one!
Just a reminder – the Weber Q2200 is by far my favorite camping grill! Get it here!
And you need skewers!