Thursday, July 17, 2008

Flat Iron Steak with Steakhouse Sides

Flat Iron Steak with Roasted Garlic, Green Beans, and Twice-Baked Potatoes

This summer I have truly realized the beauty of an awesome, beastly, grill. It is truly awe-provoking to have something heat up to 550 degrees in 5 minutes. It bakes a potatoe in 30 minutes. Roasts a head of garlic in 15. It is a thing of beauty.

My new favorite cut of cow is the Flat Iron steak. It is the tender part of the chuck, and more specifically, it is near the shoulder blade of the moo-er. And the beauty is that it is about 7 bucks a pound. Quite a difference from the 19ish for the filet. And it is better. Really, it is better.

Tonight was .9lbs of flat iron. It cooked for 2 minutes on each side for a perfect medium rare. I literally just did salt, pepper, and a little olive oil. For presentation and my love of garlic, I roasted the garlic and then spread some of the mashed garlic on the top of the steak.

Green Beans:
1 bag of steamed long green beans (my new favorite brand of veggies...they also do a brown rice in a bag in less than 4 minutes)
3 mashed roasted garlic cloves
crushed red pepper
1 T olive oil

Cook the green beans according to the package (5 minutes). In a bowl, mash the garlic and mix with the pepper flakes and olive oil. Add cooked beans, mix/toss, and add salt.

For the two of us, I did three smaller idaho potatoes. Wash, salt, wrap in foil. Cook on top rack of grill for 30 minutes. Take off, cut in half, scoop out potato. Reserve the skins of the two prettier potatoes. In Kitchen Aid Mixer, whip potato flesh, 1 T butter, 2 T half and half, 4 spoonfulls (ish) of sour cream (I used fat free) and shredded cheese of your choice (I used low fat cheddar, and no more than 1/4 cup). Salt and pepper to your taste. Scoop whipped potatoes back into the flesh, and eat a little off of the spatula as a reward for doing it! Put potatoes on the top shelf of the grill while the steak is cooking to "twice bake" and melt cheese.

As you can see, Miss Maddie was very interested in this meal...
(She is in the chair)


Joelen said...

Looks like a great meal and your new blog name is great!

TasteBud said...

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