Monday, May 18, 2009

Steak with Tomato and Cilantro Sauce

Steak with Tomato and Cilantro Sauce

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you have probably realized that I don't eat a whole lot of red meat. However, once in a while I do get a craving for a nice steak...or maybe it is just the cuteness of the guy who sells grassfed beef at my farmers market. Anyway, I had a steak in my freezer for about a month and one of my random red meat cravings kicked in so I wanted to find a good recipe to make. I am really loving the flat iron cut which is pretty inexpensive, but very tender and needs little to dress it up. As you can probably tell from this picture, I over-cooked my steak just a bit, but it was still really delicious. Plus, this recipe for the sauce made a ton which was good since I could not get enough. If you aren't a red meat eater, I really think this sauce is versatile enough to work with chicken or fish. This recipe was a great thing to have in my stomach when I went out dancing with my boys to forget about my recent troubles...I'm still recovering, but it was super fun!


Steak with Tomato and Cilantro Sauce
(Adapted from Bon Appetit, June 2001)

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
8 ounces flat iron steak, about 1 inch thick
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 Roma tomatoes, seeded, diced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Rub cumin and chili powder onto both sides of steak, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak to skillet and sauté until cooked to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer steak to plate. Add 2 teaspoons oil to skillet. Add garlic and stir 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cilantro. Cook until tomatoes begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Season sauce with salt and pepper.

Cut steak crosswise into thin slices. Arrange slices on platter. Mix any steak juices into sauce. Spoon sauce over steak.

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25 comments:

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Sounds like the perfect energizing meal for dancing! Grassfed beef is so the way to go - and cute boys don't hurt! ;)

Diana said...

Sometimes nothing beats a nice juicy steak. Glad you had fun dancing!

Mary said...

What a lovely recipe! It looks delicious and I'll bet it tasted as good as it looks.

Erica said...

Looks great Esi! I love tomatoes and am all for any sauce that uses them! If I ever eat steak, I def prefer more well done, so this looks good to me!

The Food Librarian said...

Beautiful! And so yummy!

Dawn said...

a night of dancing with the boys! love it. I hope you had fun girl.
I haven't made a good steak in a while, kinda expensive.

Reeni♥ said...

The sauce looks wonderful! And I love my steak cooked good, this looks perfect! I'm glad you had some fun and danced some of your stress away!!!!

Donna-FFW said...

This steak and that sauce look like bites of heaven to me.

Kerstin said...

I love all those flavors - looks yummy! I don't eat red meat often either, but when I crave it, I want it immediately! I love dancing stress away too!

Christina Kim said...

Simple, and all my favorite flavors!! Cumin, cilantro... yummmm.

Juliana said...

This steak sounds and looks delicious...love cilantro. I can almost taste it.

Money Funk said...

It's definitely the Cuteness of the guy & the tomato n cilantro. :p

Another fantastic dish! (btw, any word on the grilled cheese contest?)

Esi said...

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by. Hope your week is getting off to a good start.

Esi said...

Oh, and Christine, never heard anything back from Sunset...guess they probably liked someone else better!

Sophie said...

OOoooh,....Esi! This steak recipe is divine! Yummie indeed!

daxphillips said...

This looks really great, and a dish that is an easy throw together for any day of the week. The sauce reminds me of a warm salsa. I'm curious if a bit of diced onion in the mix would be good. Keep it up!

Marta said...

Dancing troubles away is a great idea ;) I'm glad to hear you're feeling a bit better!
This steak looks great, thanks for the recipe :)

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

Looks very good! I am like you and only crave red meat from time to time.

Great blog!!

Esi said...

Dax, I definitely think some onion would be great in the sauce since it is basically a cooked salsa.

Sophia, Marta, and Melissa, thank you!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Esi, great looking steak. I too don't eat very much red meat...but every once in a while it's OK. Hope you stayed safe amidst the CA fires.

Chef Fresco said...

Yum! This sauce looks great!

Helene said...

I don't eat red meat but that sauce would probably go well with fish. I should try. :)

Pearl said...

Esi - your dish looks good enough to convince any red-meat avoider to try it!

doggybloggy said...

I love how this looks on the plate! and dancing...oo-la la

Foodycat said...

Unlike you I eat loads of red meat - more than is good for me really - and I think this looks like such a delicious way of doing a steak.