Monday, September 20, 2010

Steak With Parmesan Spinach

This recipe is courtesy of my October 2010 Food Network Magazine!

Don't really have much of a back story for this recipe - it called out to me to make for dinner one night. I love Parmesan cheese so it just made sense to try it out. The steak was pretty good - it was just seasoned with some salt and pepper... and I added a pinch of paprika for something extra. We ended up using some steak sauce just because we aren't the biggest "dry rub" seasoning type people.

But my husband LOVED the Parmesan spinach and I thought it was pretty yummy too!


1 1/2 pounds flank steak
Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (I used ground nutmeg)


Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Pat the steak dry and brush lightly with olive oil. Season with 11/2 teaspoons salt and 2 to 3 teaspoons pepper. Cook, turning once, 10 to 13 minutes total for medium rare. Transfer the steak to a cutting board to rest, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Remove from the heat and gradually whisk in the milk. Return to medium heat and simmer, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.

Stir in the spinach, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup Parmesan, the lemon zest and nutmeg and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and the spinach is tender, about 10 minutes. Thin with water, if needed. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan and salt to taste.

Thinly slice the steak and serve with the spinach.

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