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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Grilled Flank Steak with Coffee Sauce



These steaks are amazingly good. They really need no special handling, but I promised a second recipe for the delicious grass-fed flank steaks I received from Hearst Ranch. Since salt and pepper don't constitute a recipe, I wanted to find something outstanding for you to try. I can't think of a better way to use beef of this quality than to prepare it using a recipe from one of the country's premier chefs. Gordon Hamersley, of Hamersley Bistro in Boston, is noted for a grilled flank steak that is marinated and sauced with a flavored coffee reduction. The recipe comes from his book, Bistro Cooking at Home, which can be found here. With extraordinary beef in one hand and his recipe in the other, I set out to duplicate his grilled flank steak. The recipe is easy to follow and it produces a marvelous steak. You'll need to start the simple marinade several hours before you plan to grill the steak. The steak may be cooked indoors in a grill pan or outdoors on a gas grill. The trick to a tender flank steak is fast cooking. About three minutes per side will give you gloriously pink beef that is at once tender and toothsome. I think you'll like this steak. Here's the recipe.

Grilled Flank Steak with Coffee Sauce...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, inspired by Gordon Hamersley

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped shallots
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided use
2 cups espresso or strong brewed coffee
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon Black pepper
1 (20-oz.) flank steak
Salt to taste
1 cup beef broth
2 tablespoons butter

Directions:
1) Combine mustard, garlic, shallots, balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons oil, espresso, brown sugar and black pepper in a large pan. Reserve 1 cup of marinade to make sauce. Add flank steak and marinate for 2 hours, turning meat every 30 minutes.
2) Pat steak dry and season each side with salt and pepper. Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat. Add vegetable oil and heat until smoking hot. Add flank steak and cook for 3 minutes per side, brushing each side with marinade. Remove pan from heat, but tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes.
3) While beef is resting, combine reserved marinade and the beef broth. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to medium. Reduce sauce by 1/2. Add 2 tablespoons of butter. Whisk to incorporate. Correct the seasoning. Transfer steak to a cutting board and slice crosswise on the diagonal into 2-inch slices. Spoon sauce over meat and serve immediately. Yield: 3 to 4 servings.

Note: Small photo courtesy of Hearst Ranch.

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Flank Steak Roulade - The Food Addicts
Grilled Flank Steak with Mushrooms - Simply Recipes
Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri - The Gourmet Connection
Quick-Marinated Flank Steak - Noble Pig

58 comments :

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Wow- this looks amazing- I cook flank steak often because it is SO easy to make and we love the leftovers for steak sandwiches or paninis-
I will absolutely try it with the coffee sauce!

Ginny said...

Oh, man!!! This looks amazing!! I'm not reading your blog anymore when I'm hungry.

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Killer recipe! Coffee, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar..what's not to like?

Kim said...

These steaks are good looking and with the coffee flavor they probably are amazing! Have a nice day...
By the way, I putted the translator tool on my blog!

Emily Z said...

My mom makes pot roast with coffee. Many eyebrows are raised when people hear this, but it really adds to the gravy!

We Are Not Martha said...

This looks and sounds incredible! I have some Kona coffee rub that I got in Hawaii and I've been meaning to use it for a long time. You totally reminded me :) YUM!

Sues

Jess--Sugar High said...

Wow, Mary, that looks fantastic! Great recipe :)

bellini valli said...

A nice juicy steak is all I would need Mary...maybe some potatoes too:D

Josie said...

That looks amazing!! There's alot of farms in my area and every winter we buy a half cow, we know where and how the cow has been raised so it adds to the quality of the beefs. That being said, my freezer is packed with beef right now lol and this is a MUST try recipe!!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Mary, this looks extremely delicious, I cannot let my husband see it or else he will ask me to cook for him :P.

Martha said...

Sounds yummy and the coffee sauce sounds really good! I still can't wait to get back in the kitchen!

The Words Crafter said...

Coffee sauce? This looks really pretty good....my brother and his wife are the steak cookers. I'm going to pass this along to them and see if they'll give me a bite!

Jennifurla said...

I would just love a bite of this, cant wait to try it.

Monet said...

I have never heard of pairing steak with a coffee sauce...but now that you mention it...I'm drooling! It sounds like you are an expert with your meat, so I know that this must have been both flavorful and tender. Thank you for sharing!

aipi said...

Nice recipe..coffee sauce sound interesting!

US Masala

Country Dreaming said...

May I have some???? :)
Looks good.

Melinda

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

I have not try anything cook with coffee before, but I just tried with coca-cola.

Jenn said...

OMG, Mary, that looks and sounds amazing! I do love a good steak, but I love a good sauce even more!!

Delishhh said...

Oh Mary - thank you for introducing me to your blog, i love it. i will be back!

Afner said...

Excellent looks and probably better taste! Congratz for your blog, really cool!

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Megan said...

I've always wanted to try beef and coffee! This looks amazing!

Katerina said...

Marinating the meat always gives excellent results. This coffee sauce must be extraordinary.

Karen from Globetrotter Diaries said...

Steak and coffee-- looks amazing! You have me curious!

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Buongiorno Mary :)
devo dire che la carne cotta in questo modo, mi piace molto.
Un augurio che oggi sia una buona giornata.
Myriam

alwayswinner786 said...

Looks great!
Coffee sauce sounds very interesting!

Priya said...

Coffee sauce! woww very interesting definitely a droolworthy dish..

Sushma Mallya said...

lovely pic and unique sauce..have a lovely day mary

Nina Timm said...

Coffee really works with beef, I think it s because both are such robust flavors. Love the flank steak...

Barbaraw said...

I love flank steak, Mary, but always do it in such a simple (and boring) way. The coffee reduction sauce is so unusual and sounds delicious. What fabulous flavors in your marinade...balsamic, that molasses-ey taste of dark brown sugar...wonderful!

Carol at Serendipity said...

Mary,

This sounds absolutely wonderful. I am going to try this on my charcoal grill. I love the left over flank steak with sliced tomatoes!

Have a great week.

Carol

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This sounds really interesting, on my 'to do' list. Diane

The Food Hound said...

I think coffee and steak is a fabulous flavor combo, and this marinade looks to-die-for!! Maybe this means I have an excuse to get an espresso machine... :)

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Coffee as the secret ingredient! I love it. What a great idea.

Susi said...

That is a great looking cut of meat in your picture and the sauce sounds amazing! The only downfall is that I want steak with my cup of coffee now ;o)

Claudia said...

I'll be honest - when the steak is good - I just want saltand pepper.But this does sound amazing- the deepness of the coffee with the broth and mustard. Yes, tasting it now.

Kalyn said...

That looks just wonderful with the tasty sauce!

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, many years ago my son was working in Los Angeles and we had a steak with a coffee sauce in one of the "then trendy" restaurants that was popular in the late 80s. It was SO very delicious that when I got back to NY I worked hard to duplicate it. This is VERY similar. Interestingly I also came up with using espresso (and I thought I was so brilliant!) I haven't made it in some time and you brought back a lovely food and "time with my son" memory
xoxo Pattie

Rita said...

Love that coffee sauce I'm sure ita makes that steak extra good.
Rita

Pondside said...

I've been trying lots of new sauces lately, and this will be a good one for the weekend. The Great Dane is such a happy man since I discovered your blog.

From the Kitchen said...

This looks and sounds delicious. The sauce is a must do! Thanks so much for the recipe. I need to check out the website for this beef.

Best,
Bonnie

Jeannie said...

Steak with coffee sauce? Sounds fantastic! Would love to sink my teeth into it!

StephenC said...

Made steaks with coffee grounds on it several years ago. Amazing what coffee can do.

Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

Sounds absolutely delicious!

Cheryl said...

Wow, Coffee, what a great idea. Flank Steak is one of my favorites!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I love my beef pink so this would suit me perfectly. Coffee as an ingredient takes people by surprise. It's amazing what flavor it brings to a dish.
Sam

The Blonde Duck said...

I love steak.

Velva said...

I definitely have to share this recipe with my husband. This looks delicious.

Alison said...

I always enjoy a good flank steak recipe. Something I love more is using the leftovers for a sandwich the following day.

High Plains Drifters said...

Slow down! I can't keep up! I'm about half a dozen excellent recipes behind you! But will have to move the coffee sauce to the top of the list. Cheers!

Design Wine and Dine said...

We love flank steak! The coffee sauce sounds unbelievable and fun to make. Thanks Mary for another great recipe!!!!!

Faith said...

Your steak is cooked to perfection! I bet the coffee sauces adds so much flavor, I would definitely love to try this!

Julie said...

This look so delicious! Love the flavors! Going in the "One Perfect Bite" recipes to try file :)

hobby baker said...

Thank you, thank you! We love flank steak and this looks delish!

Debinhawaii said...

This looks delicious! I love coffee sauces and rubs--so perfect with a piece of good beef. ;-)

Fifi Flowers said...

YUM!!!

scrambledhenfruit said...

That beef is cooked to perfection! That coffee sauce sounds like it complements it perfectly. Thanks!

nancy at good food matters said...

Wonderful! I have wanted to experiment with coffee in savory sauces---your recipe incorporated perfect components--I am looking forward to trying this.
Thanks, Mary.

Katy said...

Usually I don't like to serve steak with any kind of sauce, but this looks so good, that I must add this to my to-do list. You make it sound so delicious that I cannot resist.

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