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Grilled skirt steak with crispy leeks and beurre rouge

Grilled skirt steak with crispy leeks and beurre rouge
Los Angeles Times

PITY the poor saucier. Though the position of maker-of-sauces has been, since Escoffier, near the top of the kitchen brigade hierarchy, often the sauces themselves go unsung. Unlisted on menus, taken for granted alongside bigger-name items (pan-seared duck! roasted wild ... Read more

Total time: 45 minutes, plus overnight marinating | Serves 4

Skirt steak and crispy leeks

  • 1 pound skirt steak
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 leek (halved lengthwise), the dark green ends removed, cut into long julienne strips
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon good-quality olive oil

Step 1Pat the skirt steak with the rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper, cover and let stand overnight.

Step 2In a cold medium saucepan, add the leeks and the canola oil and turn the heat on high. Fry the leeks until golden and crispy. Drain on paper towels and reserve.

Step 3Brush the steak with olive oil and let it come to room temperature while you heat a stove-top grill or prepare an outdoor grill.

Step 4Over high heat or glowing coals, grill the steak, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Let rest for at least 5 minutes, then cut in thin slices on the diagonal.

Beurre rouge and assembly

  • 3 tablespoons red wine
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced shallots
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • Several chives for garnish

Step 1In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, simmer the wine, vinegar, shallots, salt and pepper until reduced to 1 tablespoon. Add the water and simmer until reduced to about 2 tablespoons. Turn the heat to low and add the butter, a few cubes at a time, until incorporated.

Step 2Spoon about one-fourth cup of beurre rouge into the center of a plate. Fan the pieces of steak around the sauce in a semi-circle (or as desired). Arrange fried leeks on top of the beef and thread a few chives through the leeks. Serve immediately.

Each serving:
660 calories; 24 grams protein; 3 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 62 grams fat; 33 grams saturated fat; 172 mg. cholesterol; 354 mg. sodium.
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