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Chili-Espresso Rubbed Steaks with Warm Tomato Sauce

Because there is only one flat-iron steak per steer, it's a good idea to call ahead and order two steaks. Flank or tri-tip steaks make fine substitutes. You'll serve roughly two-thirds of the steak for dinner Saturday night and use the rest for Sunday brunch. If you don't have a mini chopper or blender, just dice the tomatoes and parsley by hand for a chunkier sauce.

This recipe goes with Steak Hash with Poached Eggs

Cooking Light AUGUST 2010

  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (12-ounce) flat-iron steaks
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar

Preparation

1. Combine first 6 ingredients; stir well. Rub spice mixture evenly over both sides of steaks; cover and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

3. Place steaks on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from grill; let stand 10 minutes.

4. Place tomatoes and remaining ingredients in a mini chopper or blender; process until coarsely chopped. Spoon tomato mixture into a microwave-safe bowl; microwave on HIGH 1 minute. Cut steaks diagonally across grain into thin slices. Place 3 ounces steak on each of 4 plates (roughly 2/3 of cooked meat). (Reserve remaining steak for Sunday brunch.) Top each serving with 2 tablespoons sauce.

Wine note: Coffee flavor in food can be a fabulous pairing point for some red wines. Cabernet sauvignon and syrah often have dark espresso flavors lurking around the edges. For Saturday's supper, though, you need a red with a little more bright acidity and juicy fruit than those two varieties bring on their own. Go for a blend of syrah and its common partner grenache: Bonny Doon Vineyard's Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape-styled 2006 Le Cigare Volant (California, $32), with spicy, toasty, earthy notes on one side and bright red fruit on the other. --Sara Schneider

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 216
  • Fat: 12.3g
  • Saturated fat: 4.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Protein: 21.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 3.1g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Cholesterol: 71mg
  • Iron: 3.1mg
  • Sodium: 260mg
  • Calcium: 27mg
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