RECIPE

Steak Sandwich…Knife and Fork Required

Serve with Ginger-Poached Pears with Ice Cream and Blueberries.

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted, kept chilled, such as Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets (1 box comes with 2 9 1/2-inch x 9 1/2 inch sheets)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2-2 pounds beef skirt steaks
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus some for drizzling
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 springs rosemary, leaves removed and finely chopped
  • 1 small bunch thin asparagus
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 large bunch arugula, trimmed of stems, cleaned and roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (eyeball it)

Preparation

Pre-heat the oven to 400°F.


Pre-heat a grill pan or outdoor grill on high.


With a sharp knife, cut the thawed but chilled puff pastry sheet in to 4 squares and arrange on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Cook the puff pastry according to package directions, or until golden brown all over, about 12-15 minutes.


While the puff pastry is cooking, season the skirt steak with EVOO, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Grill meat 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove meat and let it rest 5 minutes to allow juices to redistribute. While the steak is cooking, trim the woody ends off a small bunch of asparagus. Drizzle with EVOO and season with salt and pepper. As soon as the steak is off the grill and resting, add the asparagus to the grill.


Grill the spears turning frequently until the asparagus is tender, about 4-5 minutes. Remove the asparagus from the grill and cut into large 2-inch pieces.


In a bowl, toss together the grilled chopped asparagus, crumbled blue cheese, and chopped arugula. Season the mixture with balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.


Slice the rested steak thinly across the grain. Top each golden brown puff pastry square with some steak slices. Top the steak with the asparagus salad and serve.

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