Pin a Day: Steak with Shallot, Butter and Balsamic Sauce

Beef, it's what's for dinner!  I enjoy a great steak on occasion, but I always feel like they taste better in restaurants, where they put a little more effort into making it extra special.  So, this week, I searched and tried out Steak with Shallot, Butter, and Balsamic Sauce.   I figured this was a chance to make an elevated steak that wasn't too over the top.  I started with a flank steak.  I heated up my grill pan to medium heat and placed the steak in the pan for about 7 minutes on the first side and then about 5 minutes on the other side.  I wanted it medium well and I came pretty close to succeeding.  There was just a little bit of pink in the center, but the steak wasn't too tough.  I allowed the steak to rest a bit in the grill pan removed from the heat, while I made the sauce.  To make the sauce, I started by melting butter in a sauce pan with some olive oil.  Once the butter had melted, I added the shallots and cooked for about a minute.  Next, I added the balsamic vinegar and allowed the mixture to cook and reduce.  I poured the sauce on the steak on a cutting board.  This was not my best move, as the sauce ran everywhere.  I sliced the steak into thin strips for serving.


While the steak was grilling, I prepared a salad and baked potato to go along with the steak.  I finished it off with a Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, courtesy of Ashley and Jason.  I really enjoyed the entire meal.  The steak was cooked through and the sauce was simple, but made dinnner feel just a little bit fancier.  I look forward to trying this recipe again and plan on using some of my leftover steak to make steak nachos.