Thursday, June 18, 2009

Save-a-Buck Marinated Steak Sandwich

This is a great sandwich for a casual get-together with friends! It seems more complicated than it actually is and really maximizes the amount of steak you need. The other ingredients are pretty basic and are most likely items you already have on hand in your kitchen. The only extras are a good baguette or hoagie roll and some sliced provalone cheese.

You can make this sandwich completely on the grill, using a heat-proof pan to cook the onions and mushrooms or you can use an indoor grill pan and your oven.

The finished sandwich (with aioli):

The Veggies:

The Steak:
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup cabernet
1 clove minced garlic
2 tbsp. light brown sugar
1 tbsp. tomato paste

Other ingredients (makes two large sandwiches):
1 3/4 lb. steak (I recommend strip)
6 white or baby bella mushrooms, quartered
1 small yellow onion, sliced
1 head of roasted garlic (opt.)
salt, pepper
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. light brown sugar
4 slices of mozzarella or provalone
2 pieces of baguette or 2 hoagie rolls
basic aioli (use search function to find this recipe)

Marinate meat up to 2 hours (15 minutes is sufficient for a strip or T-bone; longer for flank or London broil). Pat dry and allow meat to come down to near-room temperature. Grill over med-high heat for 4-5 minutes; flip and grill 3-4 additional minutes. Remove from grill and allow meat to rest for approximately 5-10 minutes. While the steak is on the grill, saute mushrooms and onions over medium-high heat until golden. Add salt and pepper, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in roasted garlic. Cube steak into bite sized pieces and stir into mushroom/onion mixture. Slice baguette or hoagie roll and add a generous amount of the steak/vegetable mixture. Top with slices of provalone or mozzarella and bake for 5-10 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove from oven and drizzle aioli over the top of each sandwich. Serve with a knife and fork!

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