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Meat Entrees

Grilled Wine Country Beef with Arugula

Start marinating the meat up to a day in advance to allow the flavors to blend.

Ingredients:

  • 4 6-ounce boneless beef sirloin steaks, cut 1 inch thick
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 6 cups torn arugula leaves
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan or Asiago cheese

Preparation:

  1. Trim fat from steaks. Season steaks with kosher salt and black pepper. Place in a large self-sealing plastic bag and set in a shallow dish.
  2. For marinade, in a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1 tablespoon of the mint, the rosemary, and crushed red pepper. Pour over steaks. Seal bag; turn to coat steaks. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.
  3. For dressing, in a screw-top jar, combine lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Cover and shake well. Season to taste with additional kosher salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  4. Drain steaks, discarding marinade. For a charcoal grill, place steaks on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill for 14 to 18 minutes for medium-rare doneness (145°F) or 18 to 22 minutes for medium doneness (160°F), turning once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place steaks on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.)
  5. Remove steaks from grill. Cover with foil and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Slice meat across the grain.
  6. In a large bowl combine arugula, celery, tomatoes, and the remaining 1 tablespoon mint. Drizzle with the dressing; toss to coat.
  7. To serve, divide arugula mixture among four dinner plates; top with meat slices. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Yield:
4 servings

Nutritional Information:
Per serving: 360 calories, 20 g total fat (4 g saturated fat), 105 mg cholesterol, 342 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrates, 2 g dietary fiber, 39 g protein.

Recipe reprinted from The Sonoma Diet Cookbook (Meredith Books), 2006, by Connie Guttersen. Republished with permission from the author.


Last Editorial Review: 1/10/2007