Lunch / Dinner
Steak Sandwich with Sweet & Sour Onions
Grilled steak and sweet-and-sour onions make for a weeknight-friendly dinner that’s a cut above the rest.
Though it’s quick and fairly casual, the flavor of this grilled steak sandwich is nothing short of steak house quality. Start by cooking onions — half sweet, half pungent — in a saucy vinegar mixture for a unique sweet-and-sour flavor. Then move outdoors to grill tri-tip steaks and toast ciabatta bread.
FOR THE ONIONS, CRUSH:
FOR THE STEAK, MIX:
Test Kitchen Tip
For the best flavor, crush whole spices yourself rather than buying them ground. Don’t have a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle? Use a clean coffee grinder.
Preheat grill to medium-high. Brush grill grate with oil.
For the onions, crush coriander and mustard seeds in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle.
Purée pimentos and heat in a sauté pan over medium-high. Stir in vinegar, Madeira, sugar, and 2 tsp. spice mixture; bring to a boil.
Add sweet and red onions, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low; simmer onions until soft, about 5 minutes. Uncover, increase heat to high, and continue simmering until liquid is nearly evaporated, 3 minutes. Stir in chives and ½ tsp. salt; season with pepper.
For the steak, mix remaining spice mixture with 1 tsp. salt and ½ tsp. pepper. Place steaks on a sheet of plastic wrap, season both sides of steaks with spice mixture, then top with another sheet of plastic wrap. Pound steaks with a meat mallet to about ½-inch thick.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 86mg 28%
Sodium 877mg 36%
Carbs 31g 10%
Fiber 3g 12%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.