Sesame-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Pineapple, Mango, and Red Pepper Relish

Sesame-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Pineapple, Mango, and Red Pepper Relish Recipe
Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Lydia Degaris-Pursell
Category Finalist: Entrées. "I like to serve this with long-grain and wild rice and steamed sugar snap peas for an elegant, healthy meal. I created this recipe to combine my love of steak with my kids' fondness for Asian foods." --Teresa Ralston, New Albany, OH

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 1 steak and about 1/3 cup relish)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 226
Caloriesfromfat 41 %
Fat 10.4 g
Satfat 3.6 g
Monofat 4 g
Polyfat 1.1 g
Protein 24.5 g
Carbohydrate 8.1 g
Fiber 1.4 g
Cholesterol 71 mg
Iron 3.8 mg
Sodium 349 mg
Calcium 44 mg

Ingredients

Relish:
1/2 cup finely chopped pineapple
1/2 cup finely chopped peeled mango
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Remaining ingredients:
Cooking spray
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks (about 1 inch thick)
4 teaspoons black sesame seeds

Preparation

To prepare relish, combine first 7 ingredients in a bowl; set aside.

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over steaks. Coat both sides of each steak with 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds, pressing gently to adhere. Add steaks to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with relish.

Wine note: Cabernet sauvignon may be the classic steak wine, but the tropical fruit relish with these steaks calls for a more fruit-forward red, like a California zinfandel. Try St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2004 ($19) from Sonoma County. Its bold fruit tone, subtle smoke and spice, and juicy finish complement Asian flavors while standing up to beef. --Jeffery Lindenmuth

Note:

Teresa Ralston, New Albany, Ohio,

March 2007
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