Friday, January 20, 2012
When Life Gives You Gruyere...
Unfortunately, our household recently got whacked with the unhealthy stick. People here haven't been feeling well for awhile. Happily, things are turning up, and perhaps we will all feel like eating better, and I'll get to cooking again.
However in last week's French Onion and Wild Mushroom Soup post, I did tell you that I had a great recipe for you to use your extra gruyere in. I didn't want to disappoint, so without further delay I share with you Rachael Ray's French Onion Sliced Steak.
This recipe is simple and easy to prepare. You broil a london broil for about 20 minutes or so depending on size, during that broiling time, you are caramelizing onions and preparing the yummiest gruyere cheese sauce! I'll have to admit that cheese sauce poured over steak isn't my desired way to eat a steak, but this recipe is so delicious and comes together so beautifully, that for this particular recipe I make the exception.
I'm always honest with you, so here comes the flat out truth. I made this recipe for the first time prior to writing this blog. It was so perfect, that I honestly would have invited Rach herself over to enjoy it. Perfect! I felt like a professional chef, and I was grinning ear to ear all day. So I had all of the highest hopes when I prepared it for the second time last weekend. I know when to blame myself for cooking errors, but this time I don't think I can. Truly, the recipe is rather fool proof. I think the only problem was a bad cut of meat. The london broil seemed too thick from the beginning, and therefore it was too tough to be consumed...unless eating leather is your thing. My recommendation would be to look for a thin cut of london broil, pound it out thinner, or use a flank steak.
Even though the steak was a total bust, all wasn't lost. I served this steak with freshly steamed green beans with some fresh lemon juice squeezed on top. I ended up piling up the green beans on my plate, tossing the caramelized onions on top, and smothering it all in that ever so dreamy gruyere sauce. I'm telling you what! Heaven! I think smothered green beans might be a new culinary world to explore!
However you choose to enjoy this one, I do recommend it. It is an impressive meal, as well as ever so tasty. If nothing else, caramelize the onions, make the gruyere sauce, and pour it over your favorite veg. This recipe is an absolute winner! Enjoy and stay healthy!
Link to Rachael Ray's French Onion Sliced Steak Recipe