Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Steak with pistachio pesto, crispy potatoes and broccoli rabe

This recipe from Real Simple Magazine is supposedly kid-friendly. In my quest to cook more with produce found close to home and related to the season I decided to give it a go.


  • 1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup roasted shelled pistachios
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 2 strip or sirloin steaks (about 1 inch thick; 1 1/2 pounds total)
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe (about 1 pound)


  1. Heat oven to 425° F. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the potatoes, 2 tablespoons of the oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Roast until golden, 25 to 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor, finely chop the parsley, pistachios, and garlic with ¼ cup of the remaining oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the steaks with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook to the desired doneness, 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board.
  4. Wipe out the skillet. Add the broccoli rabe and ½ cup water and simmer, covered, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Slice the steak and serve with the broccoli rabe, potatoes, and pesto. 
Well, it can certainly be prepared in a kid-friendly time frame. And, I think, it looks rather pretty.

Emily, however, was skeptical as soon as she saw that pesto sauce.  I thought it was wonderful, but I can see how a green, chunky sauce might be a bit off-putting.  It was the broccoli rabe that did her in, though.  I don't know if it is naturally bitter or if I did something wrong, but Emily rated this meal thusly:


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