Rachel Ray? What’s for Dinner Wednesday: Garlic Hanger Steak with Balsamic Pan Gravy

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I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachel Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable… an oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less!



Garlic Hanger Steak with Balsamic Pan Gravy


Serves 4

  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 2 pounds hanger steak, (either 1 large 2-pound piece or 2 smaller 1-pound pieces, depending on what is available)

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon flour

  • 1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar

  • 1 cup beef stock

  • A couple handfuls baby spinach or arugula, washed

On a shallow plate, grate the garlic and mix it with the EVOO. Place steaks in the oil, flipping them around a few times, the cover and marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Heat a large, cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Shake excess oil from the steak, season both sides with salt and pepper, and cook until desired doneness, about 4 minutes on each side for medium rare. Remove from the skillet and let rest for about 5 minutes.

While the meat is resting, make the gravy: Add a little of the reserved garlic and oil marinade to the skillet then stir in the flour and cook 1 minute. Whisk the balsamic and beef stock into the flour mixture, season with salt and ground black pepper and cook until thickened.

Slice the steak and top with the balsamic gravy and the baby spinach or arugula.

To stretch your budget and make your cooking time less… cook a little extra meat

Here are my ideas for EXTRA meals

1) use it to top a salad you can use the rest of the spinach from the recipe above

2) How making it into a fajita just top it with cooked onions, cheese, lettuce and placing it in a wrap!

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