Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sliced Steak with Arugula

For dinner in a hurry, this one is a great recipe. I actually use it a lot when I'm dieting:) (It's low carb.) Just use less olive oil. Can you think of a healthier and tastier diet recipe?:)

According to Gourmet magazine this recipe is used in Italian bistros. I can see why it can be served in a restaurant. This one is a very versatile recipe, you can make so many changes to it with some additions or changes and it will still taste great.

Here are some ideas: If you feel like it, go ahead and add goat cheese. You can also make it a fresher tasting salad by adding some lemon (but keep the vinegar if you are using arugula).

If you don't have shallots handy, you can use onions. If you don't have arugula handy, you can use baby spinach. You can add some tomato slices with Parmesan. You can saute mushrooms and add to the steak, and then add it to the salad. You can even grab your favorite bread and make this salad into a sandwich. Not bad for a basic salad:)



5 oz baby arugula
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, smashed
1 large sprig fresh rosemary
1 lb boneless top loin steak or sirloin (1 inch thick)
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large shallot, thinly sliced crosswise
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
Garnish: freshly ground black pepper

Mound arugula on a large platter.

Heat oil with garlic and rosemary in a 12-inch heavy skillet over high heat, turning garlic once or twice, until garlic is golden, about 4 minutes. Discard garlic and rosemary.

Meanwhile, cut steak crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices and toss with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add meat to skillet all at once and sauté over high heat, tossing with tongs to color evenly, about 1 minute for medium-rare.

Arrange steak over arugula using tongs, then add shallot to oil in skillet along with vinegars and remaining 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and boil 2 minutes.

Pour dressing over steak and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

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