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Grilled Flatiron Steaks with Kale and Beet Risotto

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups risotto, 3 ounces beef, and 1 tablespoon cheese)
Flatiron steaks are cuts from the top blade with the shoulder tendon removed. Olivia restaurant uses local grass-fed beef, but grain-fed beef will also work in this dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beets
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tarragon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 6 cups chopped kale (about 1 bunch)
  • 2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup Arborio rice or other medium-grain rice
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 (8-ounce) flatiron steaks
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled blue cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 524
  • fat 19.9 g
  • satfat 6.8 g
  • monofat 9.4 g
  • polyfat 1.3 g
  • protein 30.9 g
  • carbohydrate 55.3 g
  • fiber 6.2 g
  • cholesterol 77 mg
  • iron 4.4 mg
  • sodium 952 mg
  • calcium 127 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Leave root and 1-inch stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Wrap beets in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven; cool. Trim off beet roots and stems; rub off skins. Cut beets into quarters. Place beets, vinegar, tarragon, and 1 tablespoon oil in a blender. Process until smooth; set aside.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add garlic to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add kale to pan; cook 5 minutes or until kale wilts, stirring frequently. Remove kale mixture from pan; wipe pan clean.

  4. Bring broth and 2 cups water to a simmer in a small saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.

  5. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine; cook 2 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed, stirring constantly. Add broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 20 minutes total). Stir in pureed beet mixture, kale, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Remove from pan; keep warm. Wipe pan clean.

  6. Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle beef evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add beef to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from pan; let stand at room temperature 5 minutes before cutting across grain into thin slices. Serve beef with risotto; sprinkle with blue cheese.