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Spiced Beef with Onion and Allspice Gratin

Photography: Karry Hosford
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 4 ounces beef and about 1 cup gratin)
This is a good, subtle use of a strong spice. Use the side of a knife blade to crush the allspice easily.


  • Beef:
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed whole allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed
  • Gratin:
  • 1 medium baking potato, peeled and cut into (1/8-inch-thick) slices (about 1/2 pound)
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 cups chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed whole allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) block-style fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 472
  • caloriesfromfat 28 %
  • fat 14.8 g
  • satfat 7.2 g
  • monofat 5.2 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 35.8 g
  • carbohydrate 49.2 g
  • fiber 4.4 g
  • cholesterol 72 mg
  • iron 4.2 mg
  • sodium 1005 mg
  • calcium 255 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare the beef, combine first 5 ingredients, and rub evenly over beef. Cover and chill the beef for 2 hours.

  2. To prepare gratin, preheat oven to 400°.

  3. Arrange potato slices in a single layer on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray; coat tops of slices with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until soft. Set aside.

  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add onion; cook 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Stir in broth and next 5 ingredients (broth through 1/4 teaspoon pepper); cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

  5. Add cream cheese to onion mixture; stir until well blended. Stir in sour cream. Add potato slices to pan; stir gently to combine. Place mixture in a shallow 1-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, and spoon evenly over onion mixture. Lightly coat surface of gratin with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

  6. Preheat broiler.

  7. Place beef on broiler pan coated with cooking spray; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices.