Besides adding a depth of flavor, the pepper cuts the slight sweetness of the onion marmalade. This dish can be served with or without the bun.
Vegetable cooking spray
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/3 cup sugar
3 cups chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
1 (1 1/2-pound) lean flank steak
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 garlic cloves, crushed
1 to 2 tablespoons coarsely ground pepper
8 (1 1/2-ounce) whole-wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
How to Make It
Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; add oil, and place over medium heat until hot. Add sugar; cook until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Continue cooking an additional 2 minutes or until golden, stirring constantly. Add onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt (caramelized sugar will harden and stick to spoon, but will melt again). Cook 20 minutes or until onion is golden, stirring occasionally. Add orange juice and bourbon; cook 5 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Remove from heat; set aside, and keep warm.
Trim fat from steak. Combine mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and garlic; stir well. Rub mustard mixture over both sides of steak. Pat pepper into mustard mixture on steak.
Prepare grill or broiler. Place steak on grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray; cook 8 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Cut diagonally across the grain into thin slices.
Divide steak evenly among bottom halves of buns; top each with 1 1/2 tablespoons onion mixture and top half of bun.
We made 1/2 recipe onions and cooked a whole flank steak so there are leftovers. Since it was so hot out, we broiled it in the oven. The recipe suggests 8 minutes a side, we like it medium rare so cooked it 4 minutes a side and it was perfect. I was sceptical of the onions, but followed the recipe and it worked perfectly. The sweet onions compliment the spicey rub. I used 1 Tbsp. of pepper and it was just right. Served on burger buns with a green salad and veggie chips. Will definitely make it again, would be good for company.
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