Thursday, November 17, 2011

BLT (Beef, Leek and Tomato) Salad

Quite a few folks have asked me for this recipe so I just decided to post it here instead of individually emailing it to everyone.  It was even better the next day!

BLT (Beef, Leek and Tomato) Salad

This hearty steak and bacon salad served with leeks, lettuce and tomatoes will satisfy a hungry man's appetite
by Rachael Ray


1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for drizzling
4 small 1-1 1/2-inch-thick strip steaks, at room temperature
Salt and pepper
8 slices bacon
4 leeks, white and light green parts only, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 hearts romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped
2 beefsteak tomatoes, thickly sliced

Serves 4

Pre-heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Drizzle EVOO over the steaks and season with salt and pepper. Grill the steaks, turning twice, 12-15 minutes for medium-rare. Let rest for 5 minutes.

In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels and let cool. Pour off all but about 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings from the skillet, then add the leeks, cover and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until wilted, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper; set aside.

Crumble the bacon and transfer half to a food processor. Add the Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, mustard, some pepper and a splash of water. With the machine on, pour in the 1/2 cup EVOO in a steady stream.

Arrange a bed of the romaine and tomatoes on each of 4 plates. Slice the steak against the grain and layer over the tomatoes. Scatter the leeks over the steak and pour the bacon dressing on the salad. Top with the remaining crumbled bacon.

I doubled the dressing recipe as we love dressing. It was nice to have the extra dressing for making lunches the next day.

 A little blurry, but you get the idea.  I served the salad with baguette slices topped with softened Brie.

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