Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sizzling Southwestern Flank Steak with Creamy Salsa Verde



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...We had a lovely dinner this evening. The folks at Hearst Ranch sent us samples of their delicious grass-fed flank steaks and they were the inspiration for tonight's border-style feast.

A drawing, sponsored by the team at Foodie Blogroll, brought the steaks to our table. The first 25 people who entered the drawing "won" and I happened to get lucky. Be sure to check the Foodie Blogroll to see what other opportunities they have found for their members.

I love flank steak and wanted to use special recipes to make the most of this wonderful treat. We used the first of the steaks tonight in a spicy Southwestern creation that we really liked. I think you will too. Just a reminder that flank steak should be tenderized and cooked quickly. I used a jaccard to tenderize our steak and cooked it in a screaming-hot cast iron skillet for about 3 minutes per side. Cast iron retains heat and the steaks continued to cook as the meat rested. I let ours sit, tented in foil, for about 10 minutes before slicing the meat against the grain. Prior to cooking, I marinated the steak in a mixture of mashed chipotle chilies and lime juice. To cool the heat a bit, I made a sauce with Mexican crema (Mexican sour cream) and a mild salsa verde. It was one of those off-the-cuff combinations that really worked. The quality of this beef is amazing and I urge you to give Hearst Ranch meat a try. You won't be sorry. Here's the recipe I used for the first steak. I'll have another to share with you next week.


Sizzling Southwestern Flank Steak with Creamy Salsa Verde...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
Marinade
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon mashed chipotle chiles from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce
Sauce
1/4 to 1/2 cup salsa verde
3/4 cup Mexican crema or sour cream
1/4 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Steak
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Salt and pepper
1 (1-1/2 to 1-1/2 pounds) flank steak
Optional garnish: chopped green tomatoes, cilantro sprigs, lime wedges

Directions:

1) Combine mashed peppers and fresh lime juice in a blender jat. Puree. Pour into a pan large enough to hold flank steak. Turn to coat both sides with marinade, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 to 8 hours.
2) When ready to proceed, combine salsa verde, crema, milk and cilantro in a blender jar. Puree. Transfer contents to a small pot and heat very gently just to warm. Do not allow sauce to boil.
3) Scrape marinade from steak. Pat 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. Remove pan from heat, but tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Transfer steak to a cutting board and slice crosswise on the diagonal. Garnish if desired. Serve steak with creamy salsa verde. Yield: 3 to 4 servings.

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57 comments:

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Love this!! I'll bet that was just delicious Mary. Wish I could get my husband to eat anything other than a near well done (overdone) steak. I'm working on moving him into the pink LOL!! Have a wonderful day.

Ginny said...

Congradulations on your win!! This looks cooked just perfectly, and so tender and juicy!!

Adelina said...

Dear Mary...thanks a bunch for clarifying the pressure cooker question for me- I guessed patience is the key to that soup!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

the steak is nicely done, this is what my husband will love.

Jenn said...

Oh my...this is so going on my list of things to make next! Chipotles...salsa verde...steak... Yes, I'll have a plate, thank you :)

Jeannie said...

Cooked to perfection! love the pink in the meat...yums

Monet said...

Oh! I love the idea of this creamy salsa verde. My husband and I love that version of salsa, and I can only imagine how great it must taste with some crema fresca stirred in. Thanks for sharing!

carascravings said...

My husband would be in love with this!

Suzanne said...

Wow, what a great win. Looks like you did the steak justice too. Great looking recipe.

Angie's Recipes said...

Congratulations!
The flank steaks look so juicy and tender!

sophia said...

oh wow....my mouth is watering. SIZZLING steak...with CREAMY salsa verde...what a great combo! One hot and bold, the other cooling and rich...awesomeness!

MaryMoh said...

Congrats! You are indeed very lucky. Hope I'll get some of your luck :P Your steak looks juicy but I think I need it more cooked without any pink look. Have a nice day.

Sophie said...

Waw, Mary!! What a succulent looking steak!!


MMMM,..I love it all!

alwayswinner786 said...

Congratulation Mary!
Flank steak looks perfect ,juicy and delicious!

Jamie said...

The steaks look great but don't give an idea about the amazing flavors of either the marinade or that fantastic salsa! I'd love a taste or two!

Katerina said...

These flank steaks look very juicy. Unfortunately since I live where I live I cannot really have the chance to taste them. Nevertheless, the salsas you suggest will be in my things to do with other types of meat.

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

That really makes me feel hungry. Diane

Red Nomad OZ said...

Tragically the Hearst Ranch steak won't be available where I live in Australia, but the marinade & dressing sound sensational!

Happy travels!!

Sushma Mallya said...

That looks nice,have a lovely day mary...

Allie and Pattie said...

What a lucky girl you were!! Flank steaks are wonderfulthough we are thrilled, since moving South, to be able to find and enjoy flat-irons too. If I could get This recipe looks great!
xoxo Pattie

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

Cooked to perfection! Pan broiling is such a great way to cook steak, and I've gotten some of my best results that way.

Big Dude said...

All flavors I love - it has to be delicious.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Buona !!!
Mi piace la carne preparata in questo modo !
Ciao Mary e buona giornata :)

Eliana said...

What a winner of a recipe. Flank steak is super flavorful and that sauce looks and sounds amazing!

From the Kitchen said...

Done just the way we like it!

Best,
Bonnie

penny aka jeroxie said...

Great win! And lovely salsa verde

High Plains Drifters said...

those steaks look cooked to perfection!

Martha said...

This looks yummy - cant wait to get back in the kitchen!

aipi said...

Perfectly cooked..congrats on your win Mary :)

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Flank steak is by far my favorite cut of steak to eat! I usually make it with a red pepper sauce, but I would love to try your salsa sometime!

Kalyn said...

This sounds delicious. Definitely a winner!

Susi said...

Mary, this looks mouthwatering delicious! I love the touch of the creamy salsa verde, what a great idea that I will have to try out myself! I bet my family will love it :o)

Gloria said...

This look absolutely delicious! have a lovely day dear Mary! gloria

Create. Snap. Eat. said...

Lovely! And perfectly cooked.

Lyndsey said...

I love flank steak and skirts steak, it cooks up so quicky on stove top. The marinade sounds wonderful! I just made a fresh tomatillo avacado sauce to go over chicken tostadas this week. That would work for this steak. Yum!

StephenC said...

Just got to thinking about when I would have had my first bit of flank steak. Teenager (16 or 17) - in a restaurant as a flank steak sandwich. Loved it. You've taught me a new word - jaccard. I just thought of it as that thing I poke the meat with.

Pam said...

Congrats on the win! Your dish looks delicious and I must try it. Have a great day!

Pam said...

Oh Mary... this one makes me drool. I love flank steak and Southwestern flavors so this one is calling my name.

Rita said...

Looks wonderful Mary. That is exactly the way we like our steak; will to try wiht salsa verde.
Congratulations!
Have a nice day,
Rita

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Mary you are so FAST. I was lucky enough to win the steaks too but won't be trying them out until Saturday (for the UT game - hook 'em:) They sure do look like a winner though - especially the way you prepared them. And thanks for the tip on flank steak - I thought I had remembered reading they were supposed to be cooked quickly - and now I know for sure. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see what you do with the other steak!

The Blonde Duck said...

Oh drool...

Foodie Blogroll said...

This looks really delicious!

We're glad you took part in the promotion and we are proud to have you as a member of the Foodie Blogroll.

Liz said...

That looks amazing! I love the flavor combinations. That color = you cooked it perfectly.

Jen_from_NJ said...

Your steak is cooked perfectly to my liking! I love the creamy salsa verde with it - scrumptious!

Cheryl said...

That is the most gorgeous flank steak I have ever seen! I want to move in with you!

M. said...

I would love this for dinner tonight!
and the creamy salsa verde sounds sooo delicious.

Dishesdone said...

This recipe is right up my alley with chipotles! You cooked it to perfection!

Mags said...

I also received the same steaks and have to admit that I've never made flank steak before. I appreciate your suggestions on marinating and how to cook it. Now I feel ready to give it a try.

Karen June Miller said...

Mary...

This looks absolutely scrumptious! I'm sitting here not only salivating, but thinking how much a flank steak would show off my Pampered Chef cookware at next weekend's open house — and we have Southwest seasoning to boot! Thanks for the inspiration! (You cooked it perfectly by the way!)

Also, thanks so much for visiting my blog recently! I do hope you come back! Be sure to enter my Autumn Tea Giveaway, too. It's 4 or 5 posts down!

It's only 5:45 here, so I need to get our dinner going.

Blessings, KJ
SoCal

Julie said...

What a great prize! My husband would be thrilled! He loves his beef. We have marinated flank steak often. My favorite is the ends that tend to get a little more done and crispy.

Claudia said...

Lucky, wonderful you! You certainly know how to cook them up right! I love flank steaks. And you ahve reminded me that I don't check blogroll nearly enough.

Debinhawaii said...

The steak looks amazing--the creamy salsa verde makes my mouth water! ;-)

Kat said...

Wow this looks and sounds delicious! =) Great job as always!

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

Mary the Pampas is no problem here, in fact it has taken a huge hammering from the fir tree that I have just removed so a lot of it has been killed!

Taking everything back to the UK is no problem as I have a huge car and we just fill up the back. The only water it crosses is the English Channel in the car by ferry. As I have to get back anyway it makes no difference, what I carry has no extra charge. The car is loaded with vegetables, jams, pickles and wine. The latter is so much cheaper here than in the UK.

When I return to France at the end of March, the car will be loaded yet again bringing our bits and pieces from the UK. All our furniture here in France has come over in the car including our huge double bed. Have a good weekend. Diane

Self Sagacity said...

Are you kiddin me? This makes my mouth watered. I like the combination, such chef that you are, Mary.

Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

Wow, this looks incredible! Congratulations on your win!

chriesi said...

That meat is gorgeous!

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