May 10, 2011

Recipe for: Flat-Iron Steak Salad with Blue Cheese

From the kitchen of: Isabel Canfield

One thing about this salad that speaks to me is the cost of ingredients. Yes, you can still eat in style with a budget! This simple salad calls for ingredients that you may already have stocked in your fridge such as mayo, Worchestershire, garlic or lemons, so you’ll just need to purchase the main ingredients for a minimum amount of money. I decided to use a flat-iron steak because it was literally $7 to feed about three mouths, and if cooked properly, this cut of meat is so tender and juicy. You can also go cheaper on the type of lettuce and use iceburg or a mix bag. Whatever you think your crowd would enjoy. This salad is definitely very hearty salad and substantial enough for a dinner meal.

1 cut of flat-iron steak
salt + pepper
1/4 cup of soy sauce (I prefer dark)
1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce
4 cloves of crushed garlic (add less if you prefer, I love garlic!)
3 Romaine lettuces
2 medium tomatoes

For the blue cheese dressing:
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup of mayo
1/2 of sour cream
1/2 cup of blue cheese crumbles

1. Marinade the steak. In zip lock bag, place seasoned meat with soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Mix around and place in the refrigerator to marinade for at least 1 hour.

2. Make the homemade blue cheese dressing. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, mayo, lemon juice and blue cheese crumbles.  Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve. Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes and romaine lettuce. Be sure to rinse both before serving.

3. Grill the flat-iron steak. I used a flat-iron steak for the recipe, but you are certainly welcome to use any cut of meat you like. Once the steak has been marinated, heat a grill pan on the stove over medium to medium-high. Add two tablespoons of olive oil. Place the steak on the grill and let it cook for one side for about 5-7 minutes depending on thickness. Turning once to cook the other side. Notice how the sugars in the marinade caramelizing the steak. That’s what you want. So good.

4. Rest, slice and serve. A good rule of thumb for any cut of meat is to allow the cooked meat to rest, allowing the juices to settle and not spill over when you slice it. Remove the steak from pan and place on a cutting board. Let it rest for 5-7 minutes. Slice and serve with Romaine lettuce, sliced tomatoes and blue cheese dressing. Enjoy!

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  • That steak is so perfectly pink in the middle. Yum.

    • Isabel

      Can’t beat a perfectly cooked medium steak. Totally lucked out :) Haha

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