Friday, November 11, 2011

Sunday Supper: Grilled Flank Steak in an Adobo Tomato Sauce

Where's the beef?

How do you feed a family steak on a budget?  Buy flank steak baby!

Flank steak is a long, flat cut of meat.  It's leaner but also tougher than other cuts and often used in braising or grilling.  When buying the meat should be bright red and cooked to a medium doneness at the most, to retain some tenderness.  TIP:  To keep this meat tender after cooking, cut it across the grain.  This is very important!

Because of it's long flat surface you can serve quite a few people easily. Yeah, cost savings!

This makes a perfect dish for this week's Sunday Supper.  This week I have a whole menu to share with you.  Here's our Sunday Supper Menu:

Grilled Flank Steak in an Adobo Tomato Sauce
Mixed Green Salad with Creamy Feta and Red Onion Dressing

All three of these dishes compliment each other based upon the spiciness in each dish.  If you like spice, this is the menu for you.  Each dish can also be toned down for more delicate palates by adjusting the amount of spice used.  The recipe for the beef is down below.  I posted the recipes for the fries and the dressing earlier this week.  You can follow the links above to view those as well.
So let's talk about cooking flank steak.  It is a nice cut of meat, and you will end up with spicy, succulent slices of steak.  It's also quick easy to make, so it would be good as a weeknight meal as well.  Any leftovers could be used as steak tacos, or a steak salad, or as a steak sandwich.  It's very versatile.
For this dish all you need to do is salt and pepper your steak.  I grilled mine indoors on my new Calphalon grill pan.  Love that pan!  This steak fits perfectly on the pan, but you can cut the steak in two pieces to adjust the fit.  Place the steak in a hot skillet over medium-high heat.

Cook 8 minutes per side turning once to reach medium doneness.

Meanwhile combine the adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and the tomato paste in a small bowl.  Stir to combine.

During the last few minutes of cooking slather on the adobo-tomato sauce mixture.  Do one side, let it cook for 1 1/2 minutes, turn the meat over, slather sauce on the other side, and allow to cook another 1 1/2 minutes.  Note:  The adobo sauce is HOT!  Adjust the amount of heat by using a little sauce or a lot.

Remove steak from the pan to a cutting board to rest for about 5 min.  Tent a sheet of foil over the meat to keep warm.

Slice the meat across the grain.  This would be across the length.  You should be able to see the drain running the length of the meat.  You want to cut across this which will keep your meat tender.


And here's the whole Sunday Supper...yum yum!

Grilled Flank Steak in an Adobo Tomato Sauce

recipe adapted from Sandra Lee

serves 4

1 7oz. can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 t tomato paste
1 1 1/2 lb flank steak
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper

In a small bowl place 2 tablespoons adobo sauce, reserving chipotle peppers and remaining sauce for another use.  Stir in tomato paste.

Heat grill pan over medium high heat.  Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper.  Cook steak for 8 minutes on each side for medium doneness.  Brush with adobo mixture during the last two minutes of cooking.  Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.  Slice meat against the grain.

linked to:  Melt in your mouth monday

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