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Steak n’ Bread with salad

Before coming to Italy, I used to eat red meat quite often. In my home country Honduras, meat (this includes poultry and pork) is a very important part of our culinary culture. For us Hondurans a meal without meat is incomplete. So being brought up in Honduras, I used to be a very carnivorous young girl. My diet did not changed very much while in College – in Texas!! As a student, I remember going with my friends to Somerville a small town – about 80 miles North of Houston – to eat in a steakhouse (unfortunately  I don’t remember its name!!) where the steaks were bigger that the plate!!! 

Those times have passed and my gastronomic choices have changed – especially while living in Italy, a country where sometimes I forget to eat meat due to the endless, tasty, and hearty vegetarian choices you can have.

  At the source – the Butcher!

 

But of course, you cannot deny where you come from and sometimes I feel like eating red meat!!! Since I do not eat steak quite often, when I eat it, I treat myself with a serious piece of steak. As far as side dishes with steaks, I agree  with Rosemary –  from the amazing blog Cooking in Sens  – who prefers her steak with a light salad. I think steak should  be  the “only star” here!

Beautiful looking steak!!

 

In this occasion, I cut my steak into trips, and placed them on top of fresh grilled country bread because I said to myself: “What about the delicious, steak drippings that we sometimes leave on the griddle?” …the answer was: bread will absorb them!!! Yummy!!!

Steak strips on grilled country bread with arugula and plum tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 sirloin steak about 1 inch thick (about 1 pound depending on size)
  • 2 slices of good quality country bread
  • some arugula leaves
  • 2 or 3 plum tomatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method

In a griddle place bread slices until golden. Set aside.

In the same griddle, heat extra virgin oil over moderately high heat until it begins to smoke and add steak. I rather have my steak medium – but you can cook it depending of  your preferred degree of cooking.

Meanwhile, cut plum tomatoes into wedges and mix them with arugula leaves. Toss with extra virgin olive oil and some lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.

When the steak is done, add salt and pepper (I prefer to add salt and pepper after the steak is cooked since meat is tender and  has a more “beefier” flavor)

On a plate, put a slice of bread and pour some steak juices on it.

Place steak strips on top of the bread slice.

Arrange the salad on the place. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Serves 2

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37 Comments Post a comment
  1. Everything is beautiful here! The photos, the arugula, the tomatoes and, of course, that lovely steak. I’m having my next steak on country bread! Thanks for the idea.

    September 20, 2011
    • You’re welcome!!! Thanks for all the compliments !!! And thanks for inspiring me on this dish too!!!

      September 20, 2011
  2. Now that does look amazing! Like you, I don´t eat meat all that often becuase we have so many vegetables, and here it tends to be pork rather than beef (which I do miss). This steak looks perfectly cooked for me and I love all the juices that drip out…oh dear, the cravings, the cravings!

    September 20, 2011
  3. Gracias Chica!! We also get more pork than beef in Italy, but we get great steaks from Tuscany and Piedmont! Aren’t those juices that dip out from steaks so fantastic! It would be such a shame to discard them!!!

    September 20, 2011
  4. I am a steak and potato guy, but if the steaks this good a salad is all you need. This looks fantastic.

    September 20, 2011
    • I love potatoes too!!!! My Oh my!!! But sometimes I feel bloated when eating both potatoes and steak at the same time. This is why I prefer a simple light salad!!

      September 22, 2011
  5. I prefer to have my steak in a salad too; kinda makes it a less guilty dinner that way, but also I love the chilled salad with the heated steak, and oh my on top of toasted bread, that really sounds amazing!

    September 20, 2011
    • I am eating so much bread lately that I just cannot eat something without bread…specially salad!

      September 22, 2011
  6. Yum! Your salad looks simply delicious.

    September 20, 2011
    • Thank you!! I love the bitterness of arugula with the sweet taste of tomatoes!!

      September 22, 2011
  7. Hola Ambrosiana! Qué buena receta: simple pero rica rica. Ahora entiendo porqué hablas tan bien el español!
    Un saludo
    Giovanna

    September 21, 2011
    • Jejejee!!! Si asi es siendo de Honduras, hablo español y catracho (asi nos llaman tambien a los Hondureños)!!!!

      September 22, 2011
  8. Perfect Ambrosiana and I completely agree that steak should be the star. !

    September 21, 2011
  9. That is one amazing looking cut of meat. It actually looks good enough to eat without even cooking it!

    September 21, 2011
    • Ah!!! You are a genious!!! I think a steak tartare must have been amazing!!!

      September 22, 2011
  10. Your photos are amazing! So is this steak recipe…. I don’t really like red meat, but you make it look so tasty, and as though I’m missing out big time!! 😀

    September 21, 2011
    • Red meat is good sometimes…but that “sometimes” should be of top quality!!!

      September 22, 2011
  11. Fabulous photography, and I love the reportage shots at the butcher’s. Great looking post.

    September 21, 2011
    • Merci teacher!!! You have no idea how hard it was taking those picture. Lighting was poor and people stared at me like the looney one!!

      September 22, 2011
  12. Your mention of bread and the steak’s drippings brought back memories of my Dad. When steak was served, he’d often finish off his meal by dipping a bit of bread into the juices left behind on the steak’s serving platter. Like you, he knew what was good. Thanks for sharing a great recipe, beautifully photographed and served with a bit of nostalgia.

    September 21, 2011
    • awww..that is sweet!! Dipping bread into pasta or juices of any kind is so Italian.In Rome it is called making “la scarpetta”!!

      September 22, 2011
  13. The steak looks wonderful and I agree about the salad as a light accompaniment. I don’t eat steak very often because I think that beef production is unsustainable and bad for the environment but I love it and so I do succumb to temptation occasionally. At home we eat more pork because that’s what is available and eaten locally. But being Welsh (not from Sussex – it’s Lo Jardinier’s family who come from southern England) I love lamb most of all!

    September 21, 2011
    • I totally agree with you. If we decreased the consumptium of red meat, beef production would decrease. This would in turn lead to more correct methods of breading cattleship I guess…

      September 22, 2011
  14. As always the presentation of this steaks is amazing. And I love the photo of the butcher. I don’t go a lot but I love visiting my butcher.. he’s the best

    September 21, 2011
    • Thank you!!! I just love going to my butcher. He not only has great products but his so special with all his customers!

      September 22, 2011
  15. Ambrosia, What a beautiful picture and the steak salad… you have inspired me to use a good bread next time we have steak. I love a good fresh salad with a steak and to me that is enough. You have brought the viewer everything in color, light, composition, beautiful….RaeDi

    September 21, 2011
    • Thank you RaeDi. I take it as a big compliment coming from you!!

      September 22, 2011
  16. I couldn’t help but think of the “beef steak Florentine” that we get when traveling in Tuscany. Your steak looked great, aged and with a nice amount of fat for flavor and tenderness. As you can tell, I do like a good piece of meat every once and a while and when I do…I want it to be special. Your photos were absolutely great!

    September 22, 2011
    • I imagine you and I eating at aTuscan steak restaurant in Italy and sharing a huge Fiorentina for two!!!! We would have so much fun..maybe someday 🙂

      September 22, 2011
      • Someday sounds good to me.

        September 23, 2011
  17. Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

    September 22, 2011
  18. That is one good looking steak! Love the idea of serving it on bread… great way to serve the yummy juices 🙂

    September 23, 2011
    • Thank you!! Bread with steak is a great combo!!

      September 26, 2011
  19. Kim #

    Looks nice. I love salad. And meat XD

    September 26, 2011
    • Thank you!!! I prefer steak with salad so I thought I shared this!

      September 26, 2011

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