My husband can grill the heck out of a steak, lemme just tell ya.
During our brief encounter with warm weather last weekend (oh, glorious) Rob took it upon himself to clean up and prep the grill which has been calling his name ever since it was covered and retired for the season.
He brought home some beautiful steaks on our warm day and grilled them…in the dark. Because it’s not light very late at this time of year. But he prevailed with the help of a flashlight (he’s like a Boy Scout or something) and worked it out in a major way. Those steaks were amazing – cooked to a perfect medium – and only made me crave springtime that much more.
They were also huge, so half of mine went in to the fridge after dinner. Immediately my mind wandered to all of the wonderful things a person can do with half a beautifully grilled New York strip steak.
I knew that this steak just had to be part of a lunchtime salad. A salad featuring crisp romaine, balsamic caramelized onions and Gorgonzola.
A little bit ‘o brilliant on a salad plate. If only all salads were this delicious…
Balsamic caramelized onions
1 medium yellow onion
2 tbs unsalted butter
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste
Over medium heat, melt butter. When foam subsides, add onions and cook until they begin to brown. Add wine and cook until liquid evaporates. Add vinegar, salt and pepper and cook down until liquid mostly evaporates. Remove onions from pan.
Remove pan from heat and very quickly add steak slices to pan – toss them around just to take the chill off, but be careful not to cook any further. You want that all that yummy flavor and tenderness to stay right where it is.
Layer salad greens, onions and steak slices on plate any which way you choose. Sprinkle Gorgonzola on top and add a drizzle of olive oil and/or balsamic vinegar.
Of course you can add anything you like to this. Me, I’m a simple girl. Although I must admit my first thought was “Wouldn’t crumbled bacon add that extra special something to this salad?”. Then I slapped myself around a little bit.
Next time, bacon. Next time.
What’s your favorite salad? Do you or your spouse thrill at the thought of grilling as much as my husband does? Do you know of a good 12 Step group for him?