In all of my 40+ (ahem) years ..
I've never really been into steak
Burgers .. yes .. Steak .. eh, not so much
I have a feeling that's about to change
I swear there's a secret ingredient he's not telling .. a spice or two hidden all the way in the back of the cabinet that he adds .. no way the steak be so flavorful with just a bit of salt & pepper, brought to room temp, and grilled
None the less .. that's what transpired
From there .. served on grilled endive .. his signature flavor mix of cherry tomatoes, olives, and feta to top it off
Over dinner .. I just had to ask .. Back story .. Do tell .. What inspired this wonderful creation?
For a while now he'd been wanting to create an unusual steak salad
A grilled romaine salad at a local restaurant prompted the desire to grill big leafy greens .. Me gawking at endive on our latest grocery trip … “What's this funny looking thing? How do you pronounce it?” .. check, green chosen
From there, a steak grilled to perfection with toppings out of ingredients always around in the fridge.
A perfect dinner
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did . .
ps: Note to self: If Dave ever invites you over for dinner .. just say yes
You say on-DEEVE, I say EN-dive,
Let's call the whole thing off…
According to the Culinary Arts both pronunciations are correct.
EN-dive, or curly endive, has curly green leaves and a flavor that can be somewhat bitter, with the bitterness more intense in the leaves that are a darker shade of green
on-DEEVE, or Belgian endive, is a small, cylindrical head of lettuce with pale yellow leaves with slightly curly edges
- flat iron steak
- feta cheese, crumbled
- kalamata olives
- cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Prepare the steak by rubbing salt and pepper on all of the surfaces, and let it sit at room temp for an hour
- Cut the endive in half, coat with olive oil, salt and pepper
- Halve the cherry tomatoes and olives, mix in bowl with the feta cheese, set aside
- Grill the endive, cut side down, until the ends of the leaves are brown and crinkly
- Grill the steak
- Assemble and enjoy!