Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Ginger-Mango Flank Steak with Fennel Slaw from Emeril

This recipe comes from Live. My sister recommended it and it is fabulous. Next time I wouldn't make a special trip for fennel and black sesame seeds. You can make the slaw with cabbage or not at all. Also, the salad would be delicious with oranges rather than tomatoes. I would not add chili paste to the mango puree and add it to the barbeque sause so that there was more of a contrast between the barbeque sauce and the mango puree. I like my flank steak rare so I grilled it 3 minutes per side.

I made this the other night with drained, canned peaches instead of mango. It was great! A wonderful substitution when there are no ripe mangoes available. I served this with the slaw (made with cabbage) and brown rice and omitted the salad with vinaigrette.

1 tablespoon chili garlic paste recommended: Sambal)
1 tablespoon lemon zest (preferably organic)
2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup ponzu (citrus seasoned soy sauce)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound flank steak
1 teaspoon canola oil
Ginger Mango Barbeque Sauce, recipe follows
Fennel Slaw, recipe follows
Radicchio, romaine, frisee or mixed baby greens, for serving
Your favorite vinaigrette, for salad
Sliced red onion, tomato and avocado, for serving, optional

Combine all ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and mix well. Place steak in a plastic storage bag, add the marinade, remove as much air as possible and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove steak from marinade bag and remove as much of the marinade as possible. Reserve 1/2 cup marinade for barbeque sauce. Season the steak with kosher salt and pepper. Brush grill pan lightly with canola oil, grill steak for 2 1/2 minutes, rotate on same side 45 degrees (to create grill marks) and grill for another 2 1/2 minutes. Flip steak and cook for an additional 5 minutes on the other side, rotating 45 degrees after 2 1/2 minutes. Remove from grill pan and allow the steak to rest for 10 minutes under a foil tent. Slice steak against the grain as thinly as possible.

To serve, toss salad and optional red onion, tomato and avocado with vinaigrette of your choice and arrange on a serving platter. Place a heap of fennel slaw in the center of salad, then place sliced meat around the sides (I fold the sliced meat in a slight V shape to show as much of the caramelization of the outside of the meat). Drizzle meat with barbeque sauce and mango puree carefully ensuring that the sauce gets onto the salad greens and slaw (use more barbeque sauce than mango puree).

Ginger-Mango Barbeque Sauce:
2 ripe mangoes, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped or one can drained peaches, chopped
1 tablespoon seasoned rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chili garlic paste (recommended: Sambal)
1/2 cup marinade reserved from flank steak

Puree mangos in a blender. Add rice wine vinegar and chili garlic paste and blend until all ingredients are incorporated (the color should be a bright orange-red). Bring marinade to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and reduce to about half (about 10 minutes over medium-low heat). The sauce can be strained at this point to remove the bits of garlic and ginger (the flavor is slightly less intense but it makes for a nicer presentation). Add about half of the mango puree (approximately 2/3 cup) and cook for another 2 minutes. Set aside.

Save the other half of the mango puree for garnish.

Fennel Slaw:
1 lemon, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon lemon zest (preferably organic)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 large fennel bulbs
Black sesame seeds, for garnish

Place lemon juice in a bowl and whisk in olive oil to create an emulsion. Add honey, zest, salt and pepper and whisk until combined; set aside.

Slice fennel very thinly with a mandolin. Combine fennel and dressing and set aside until ready to serve. Re-season with salt and pepper, to taste, and sprinkle with black sesame

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