We love salads, but we don't often eat them as entrees.
It's not that we don't enjoy eating salads -- in fact, we eat tons of greens.
But to us, salads-as-entrees are relegated to lunch.
That may change with the introduction of this Steak with Parmesan Butter, Balsamic Glaze and Arugula.
From the get-go, this recipe offers two adjectives to sum itself up: simple and sophisticated.
It's definitely a winner when it comes to being simple. Sear steak to the desired doneness -- we cooked ours to medium rare. Set aside and in the same pan, make a shallot and balsamic reduction, sweetened slightly with a small amount of brown sugar. Salads are then assembled by topping the arugula with sliced steak, topping the steak with a simple Parmesan butter, and then drizzling the salad with the balsamic reduction. It's a very fast and simple process.
These flavors are dynamite together, making the recipe a winner in sophistication as well. The spiciness of the arugula perfectly compliments the sweetness of the glaze. Combined with the Parmesan-butter-coated steak, it's absolute heaven.
If we find more recipes like this, dinnertime may just become salad time at our house.
* 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese plus Parmesan cheese shavings
* 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
* 1 12-ounce rib-eye steak
* 1 teaspoon olive oil
* 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
* 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
* 1/2 teaspoon (packed) dark brown sugar
* 4 cups (lightly packed) arugula
* 2 large lemon wedges
Mix grated cheese and butter in small bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper; set aside. Sprinkle steak generously with salt and pepper. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak; cook to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to plate. Add vinegar, shallots, and sugar to skillet; boil until reduced to glaze, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Divide arugula and Parmesan shavings between 2 plates. Squeeze lemon over. Slice steak; place atop arugula. Top steak with Parmesan butter. Drizzle lightly with glaze.