Monday, March 16, 2009

Flat Iron Steak with Potato and Corn Mash, Pioneer Woman Style

Ohmygoodness!  I'm so sorry that these photos are not the quality that I have dramatically improved upon. This was taken with my old point-and-shoot. One of these days, I'll re-shoot the recipe, because the mashed potatoes are really good.

I am so glad that I discovered Flat-Iron steak. Never had it? It's worth a try, because I consider that to be my low-budget Filet Mignon. After my sugar high from the Texas Chocolate Sheet cake that I baked, I had a sudden urge for grilled steak, potatoes, veggies and a green salad.

"The Pioneer Woman Cook's" published a new recipe for Potato and Corn Mash. What perfect timing! I had 1/2 of a red pepper I needed to use, some leftover chopped chives, and plenty of onions. All I needed were potatoes, so I decided to buy Yukon Gold's-- my personal favorite.

I raced off to my local butcher and bought two pretty steaks for $8.99 a pound:

These steaks are on a clear, plastic cutting mat, by the way...and not directly on my counter! I'm really careful about handling raw meat, and I was my hands a lot!

Tonight, I just seasoned them with Montreal Steak Seasoning.

I boiled the Yukon Gold's until fork tender-- about 20 minutes, drained them and set them back on the stove at a low evaporate any extra water. I don't like watery, soupy taters.

In the meantime, I chopped the red bell pepper, onion and grated some fresh garlic and sauteed that in a little olive oil:

As luck would have it, I had about two tablespoons of leftover reduced fat cream cheese, 2 Tablespoons of butter, about 1/4 cup of heavy cream and some whole milk. I added half of my corn (I happened to have a can of it waaaaaay back in my pantry) and mashed that with the potatoes, butter, cream cheese and (I would guess) a 1/2 cup, total, of heavy cream and milk. The potatoes were a little chunky, and I liked the texture a lot-- especially with the corn.

These sure looked like confetti, once I added fresh chopped chives. I was getting REALLY hungry!

I didn't get a good shot of the steaks, grilling in my cast iron pan. Pardon the unfocused shot, because my natural light was fading fast:

If I'm not using my outdoor Weber (and I much prefer that), I use my cast iron griddle and get it screaming hot! I cook these for about 3 minutes, on each side. I use a thermometer and cook it till 145F. I let the steaks "rest", under foil for a few minutes.

Perfect! Medium, just the way I like it!

The potato and corn mash was really good. I liked that I mashed these, by hand, and they were kind of chunky. This is definitely a side dish that I will make again and again.

The asparagus tips were locally grown, fresh picked for $1.49 a pound. What a deal! We love them, roasted, with olive oil, sea salt and fresh ground pepper. I set the oven at 450F and they were good to go in 10 minutes. A little squeeze of fresh lemon juice was perfect.

Heaven. I love flat-iron steak. My butcher always sells tender steaks. I hope that you can find this cut of meat. I fed my son (husband wasn't in the mood for steak) and myself for the 1/3 the price of ordering this in a restaurant. With this economy, that was an extra bonus.

Oh. I did have a fresh butter leaf salad with a simple vinaigrette. For dessert, my husband ate three pieces of the chocolate sheet cake I had baked earlier.

As for me? I followed through on my promise-- the rest of the cake was split between my husband's workplace and mine. It's all gone!

Seriously... I need to get back to a lot more fresh veggies and cut back on the dessert. I'm sure going to try! Then again, once I check out what's new in Food Blogosphere, I might not be able to resist.

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Donna-FFW said...

I dont think Ive seen a better meal all day! This looks outstanding, Debby! I can almost taste it. I am so trying that potato side dish.. it looks so delicious!

Culinarywannabe said...

Heck of a meal! I bet your hubby was in the mood for a steak after he saw this! Really nice job, top to bottom!

Kay said...

Glad to hear you liked my Potato & Corn Mash recipe! Love seeing the photos. Thanks for sharing :)

Jescel said...

oh, this steak looks so good! Your potato side dish looks awesome.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Kay-- OMGoodness! It was your blog that Ree linked this recipe to, and I should have given you credit!
LOVE your blog. There is a lot of similarity between Dutch and German food.

This recipe was delicious and colorful. So glad that Pioneer Woman gave you such great exposure.


Pam said...

Looks like a fantastic meal - love the corn mash!

Kay said...

Don't worry about it! :)

It's just so great to see all these photos, and to see other people enjoy the recipe as well.

German and Dutch foods are very similar!

Elyse said...

MMM! Everything looks great. Especially that potato corn mash. I'm a sides-girl at heart, and the idea of those mashed potatoes just sounds so out-of-this world good! Great meal!!

Simple Simon said...

What a delicious meal. You're photos are wonderful. I've never thought to put corn in with mashed potatoes. They sound great.

Anonymous said...

I think flatiron steak might be even better than filet mignon -- it has a beefier flavor. The grilled asparagus looks really terrific - we're still getting the skinny asparagus here.

Takeaways said...

Your dish looks lovely. I usually grill my asparagus as well. I tend to use a dash of Balsamic vinegar when frying them, you should give it a try. It adds a gentle sweetness to the asparagus