Monday, June 7, 2010

Dinner Tonight - Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Mango-Corn Salsa

Tonight I tried something that I don't do very often, make dinner from scratch with no recipe. It's so much fun to see how it turns out! Sometimes it's a flop, and believe me I've had some flops, but sometimes it turns out wonderful and I can't wait to make it again! Tonight was definite success (affirmed by my husband), so I wanted to savor the moment here.

I bought a flat-iron steak the other day at the store, because I read that it is a quick-cooking less expensive steak option, and great for grilling.  I also had a mango that needed to be eaten, and some other random ingredients left over from various other recipes (I had 1/2 an onion that needed to be eaten), veggies from the garden, veggies from the freezer, and a mango I had no idea what to do with that my grandmother gave me over the weekend.  So I came up with Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Mango-Corn Salsa.

1.5 lb flat iron steak, trimmed of fat
dash of cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt and pepper

1 mango
1/2 jalapeno pepper
1/4 onion
1 tomato - seeds removed
2 ears of corn, cooked and removed from cob
1 banana pepper
zest of 1 lime
pinch of salt

Let steak sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Prepare salsa while the steak is resting and cooking.  Preheat grill (or grill pan) with a little bit of oil over medium heat.  Season both sides of the steak with seasonings.  I just eye ball it and cover each side with a liberal amount of seasoning. Cook each side of steak for 4-5 minutes per side, longer if you like it well done. Let steak rest for 10 minutes before cutting! If you get impatient, you will lose the tasty juices when you slice the steak.

Salsa - Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you get the desire consistency. I left out a handful of the corn and just stirred in at the end.

Slice steak into thin strips, and serve with salsa on top. Serve with a side salad and enjoy!

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