steak essentials: baked flat-iron steak & veggies

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

This is a great-tasting way to bake a flat iron steak, and the pineapple/olive oil/rosemary marinade just takes it over the top. I like to serve this in the same skillet that I baked the potatoes in, but the presentation is totally up to you. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves 4 - 6
prep time 2 Hr 10 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For steak essentials: baked flat-iron steak & veggies

  • PLAN/PURCHASE
  • 2 lb
    flat-iron steak
  • THE MARINADE
  • 8 oz
    pineapple juice
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 clove
    garlic, sliced
  • 1 sprig
    fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper, freshly ground
  • THE VEGGIES
  • 4 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 sprig
    fresh rosemary, remove the stem
  • salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • various veggies (more on that later)
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How To Make steak essentials: baked flat-iron steak & veggies

  • 1
    PREP/PREPARE
  • 2
    THE MARINADE
  • 3
    Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  • 4
    Add all the ingredients for the marinade into a bowl, or large Ziploc bag.
  • 5
    Chef’s Tip: Before you put the rosemary sprig in the marinade, wack it a few times with the side of a kitchen knife to bruise it. This will help to release its fragrance into the marinade.
  • 6
    Use a paring knife to poke holes in the steak.
  • 7
    Add the steak to the marinade, and thoroughly mix.
  • 8
    Place in the refrigerator for two hours… no longer.
  • 9
    Chef’s Note: Flat Iron steak
: Flat iron steak, also known as a butler’s steak or blade steak, is a cut of beef that originates in the shoulder of the cow and is sliced along the grain of the muscle. Typically, it is less tender then some other cuts of beef; however, is has a very deep flavor, and because of this it can be cooked in a variety of ways; including baking in the oven.
  • 10
    Chef’s Tip: A little acid goes a long way:
 Because of the tougher nature of the flat iron steak, we’re doing an acidic marinade. I tried wine, vinegar, tomatoes, and several other bases for the marinade, but I finally settled on the sweet and mellow flavor of pineapple juice. We’re then adding a few aromatics (garlic, rosemary), and some olive oil, to help the flavors penetrate the meat. You could try other aromatic combinations; however, just make sure that the herbs are fresh, not dried. Fresh oregano and thyme would be good places to start.
  • 11
    Chef’s Tip: It’s all in the timing: 
Marinades are a good thing; however, you can have too much of a good thing. When you put the steak into the marinade, set a timer for two hours. Any longer than that, and the outer layers of the steak will begin to become mushy. Any less than that, and the marinade will not have enough time to do its thing.
  • 12
    Chef’s Tip: It’s all in the temperature:
 Cooking temperature is critical to his cut of steak. Too high, and it will dry out… too low and it will take forever to cook. I found that for the recipe 350f (175c) is the magic number for the steak, and 475f (245c) for the veggies.
  • 13
    THE VEGGIES
  • 14
    Place on rack in the upper position, and one rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 475f (245c).
  • 15
    Chef's Note: Pick up some of your favorite veggies… the kind that can take the heat, and then cut into similar thick pieces.
  • 16
    Mushrooms.
  • 17
    Red Potatoes.
  • 18
    Sweet Potatoes.
  • 19
    Chef’s Note: You could cut up some carrots, radishes, and maybe throw in some cherry tomatoes. Have some fun.
  • 20
    Toss the veggies with the oil, rosemary, salt and pepper.
  • 21
    Chef’s Tip: In an attempt to cut down the cooking time, I tried parboiling the veggies before baking, but that just made them too mushy.
  • 22
    Place the veggies into a large, ovenproof skillet, or baking tray lined with foil.
  • 23
    Place on the upper rack of the preheated oven, and bake until they begin to crisp, about 24 – 26 minutes.
  • 24
    Remove from the oven, and toss.
  • 25
    Lower the heat of the oven to 350f (175c).
  • 26
    Remove the steak from the marinade, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • 27
    Place on the middle rack of the oven, and return the veggies to the upper rack.
  • 28
    Bake the steak: 10 minutes for rare 12 minutes for medium rare 15 minutes for medium 20 minutes for well done Note: Your times may vary, depending on the calibration of the oven.
  • 29
    Remove the steak and veggies from the oven, and allow the steak to rest for 10 minutes.
  • 30
    PLATE/PRESENT
  • 31
    Slice against the grain, place on the veggies, and serve. Enjoy.
  • 32
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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