Thursday, March 3, 2011

Flatiron Steak on Autumn Greens

I'm horrible when it comes to grilling; mostly because I don't practice using it nor take lessons from my husband.  If you happen to be like myself, this recipe is super easy and prepared in the oven.

Chipotle-Dusted Flatiron Steak on Autumn Greens
(Recipe taken from Sunflower Market magazine)

Ingredients: (serves 2-4)
-2 Flatiron top-blade or top loin strip steaks
-1/2 tsp. powdered or granulated garlic
-1/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder (I used cracked red pepper flakes)
-1/2 tsp. sea salt
-1 sprig fresh rosemary, finely chopped
-1 tsp. olive oil

Autumn Greens Ingredients:
-1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
-1/2 Tbsp. honey (optional)
-1/2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
-2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
-1/2 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
-1/2 small shallot, finely chopped
-1/2 Tbsp. chopped fresh italian parsley
-8-10 ounces prewashed baby greens mix
-2 pink lady apples, cut into 1/2 in. cubes
-4 oz. walnut pieces

1. Remove steaks from refrigerator 15 minutes before broiling; place on broiler pan.  Preheat broiler. In a small bowl, mix together garlic powder, chipotle powder, salt, and rosemary.  Sprinkle steaks evenly with half of the garlic-chipotle mixture.  Drizzle with 1/2 tsp. olive oil and smear into surface of steak with the back of a spoon.  Turn the steaks over and repeat.

2. In a large salad bowl, whisk lemon juice, honey, and vinegar until thick.  Continue whisking while drizzling in 2 Tbsp. olive oil until emulsified.  Add thyme, shallot, and parsley; whisk until incorporated.  Set aside.

3. Cook steaks until nicely browned, about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare.  Remove from oven, cover with foil, and let rest for 5 minutes.

4.  Add salad greens and apples to bowl with vinaigrette. Toss well and add salt and pepper to taste. Divide among two to four dinner plates.  Slice steaks across shorter dimensions into 1/4-inch slices. Fan out across salad; top with toasted walnuts and devour! :)

*How to toast nuts: preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place nuts on a baking sheet and toast for 6 minutes, max.

*The steaks broil pretty quickly so if you prefer medium-rare make sure to only cook 3 minutes on each side; depending on thickness.

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