Instant polenta is a speedy alternative to mashed spuds. Not keen on blue cheese? Stir in a little Parmesan or plain Greek yogurt.
1 pound flank steak, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
3 cups 1% low-fat milk
1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
2/3 cup quick-cooking polenta
1.5 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (about 1/3 cup)
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
How to Make It
Sprinkle steak evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and allspice. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steak to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Place steak on a cutting board; let stand 5 minutes. Cut across the grain into thin slices.
Bring remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, milk, stock, and paprika to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Gradually add polenta, stirring constantly with a whisk. Reduce heat to low; cook 5 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat; stir in cheese and thyme.
I liked this more than my husband - which was weird because I'm not a huge polenta fan and he LOVES blue cheese. Not sure I'll make it again but I'm glad I tried it. Couldn't find the quick-cooking polenta so just made the regular polenta in a double-boiler.
Made menu to recipe except subbed very lean grass-fed ribeye for flank steak. Turned the steak over every 30 seconds, 8 minutes total. Really liked allspice on the beef & gorgonzola in the polenta. Served with the recommended broccolini and a green salad. Good weekend supper.
The steak was delicious. Do not over cook. A friend bought the polenta in a tube which won't work with this recipe but we improvised. Cut into 3/4 inch rounds. Brushed with palm oil and grilled 2 min per side. Then put on broiler pan, topped with blue cheese, thyme & paprika mix and broiled. Delicious
This turned out great. I did 4 minutes on each side in my Le Crueset grill pan on medium high and was a little rare, for thick steaks like mine I might go 6 minutes for medium rare. The polenta was the star, it was lovely and creamy and blue cheesey as advertised. I just splashed some Worcestershire sauce on the steak it and it was good to go. Broccolini made a nice side - was able to cook all three dishes in under 20 minutes.
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