Monday, January 3, 2011

Hubby's Flat Iron Steak :)

Happy New Year!! Boy, am I happy that it is January and things have and will continue to slow down at the restaurant. I am ready to have more family time!

The question I am most often asked when someone hears that I am married to a chef is, "does he cook for you all the time?" The answer is........NO! He works so much that when he is home he very rarely wants to spend his time cooking. I understand that and totally don't blame him, so this afternoon when he wanted to make lunch I was thrilled! I watched him cook and realized what he was making was really easy and figured some others would want a recipe from him :) This is my interpretation of what he did (wanted to clarify that for you Hunny).

Flat Iron Steak cut into 6 oz portions
1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste

For Pesto Sauce:
1 cup basil leaves
3 garlic cloves
zest of 1/2 lemon
dash of cayenne pepper
dash of celery seed
1/4 cup (or so) of extra virgin olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

Marinate steak for 20 minutes in a Ziploc bag with some fresh cracked pepper and balsamic vinegar. Pull out of marinade and season steak with salt and pepper and put it on the grill. Cooking time depends on thickness of meat, but plan on a little over 3 minutes per side. Internal temp should read 120 degrees. Take steak off the grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes before cutting the meat against the grain into strips. Then top steak generously with pesto sauce.

To make the pesto sauce start by chopping up the basil leaves (this can be done in the food processor, but I liked the rustic chunky version). Then smash and chop garlic. Add lemon zest, cayenne, celery seed and salt and pepper. Slowly add in olive oil while whisking mixture. The sauce should be like a thick, chunky dressing. Let sauce sit on counter while you cook the steak so the flavors have time to mix and develop.

This was so delicious, I just wanted to keep eating the sauce! The pesto like sauce would be great on top of fish, chicken or veggies as well. It is really healthy, and bursting with flavor! Enjoy!

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