Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Grilled Top Sirloin with Blue Cheese, Steamed Broccoli, and Cherry Tomatoes

Low carb, low schmarb.

Seriously, from sans-a-bun burgers to lettuce wraps, the whole low-carb diet is pretty exhausting.

Sometimes it reminds me of the immortal words  of our pal Harry Dunn -

"Okay, alright!"

The rules are simple:

1)  Reduce your dependency on carbs, especially white starches (breads, rice, pasta, potatoes, etc)
2)  Keep your blood sugar low
3) Allow your metabolism to work on overdrive
4) Burn fat, lose weight.

It's really no secret.  Processed foods, grains, etc. are not good for you.

But damn - They are good.

So how do we make up for those lost carbs?  By eating a shit-ton of steak, that is!  Celebrate the low carb diet by focusing on great vegetables and lean proteins.  Of course, you should probably work chicken, shrimp, fish, and other lean proteins in from time to time, but tonight I felt like eating a steak.

Yes, it was dinner for one this evening.

Since it was just me, I didn't want to spend a fortune on a snobby cut of meat.  Instead, I went for a humble top sirloin cut.  Sure, it's a mediocre steak.  But, with a little help from my friend (vinegar and blue cheese), a quick marinade and a simple topping put me in a steak coma.

Go guilt free with some steamed broccoli and a few cherry tomatoes, and you will forget all about that fight with your girlfriend.

Bottoms up to a good Zinfandel pairing on this meal.

Cheers, gentlemen!


Grilled Top Sirloin with Blue Cheese, Steamed Broccoli, and Cherry Tomatoes

8 oz Top Sirloin
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
Kosher Salt
Fresh Cracked Pepper
Crumbled Blue Cheese
1/2 Head Fresh Broccoli, ends trimmed
1 Teaspoon Unsalted Butter
1/4 Cup Cherry Tomatoes

Preheat oven to broil.  Set steak out at room temperature and douse in oil and vinegar.  Just before adding to grill over medium high heat, season both sides with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.  Meanwhile, add about 1/2 inch of water to a small stockpot over hight heat.  Bring water to a boil and add broccoli.  Cover and steam for 90 seconds.  Reduce heat to low, season with salt and pepper, and keep covered.  Add steak to grill and cook for two minutes, turn 45 degrees (creating nice grill marks) and cook for another two minutes.  Flip steak and top with blue cheese; insert into oven until blue cheese is just browned and steak is medium rare (about 1 minute).  Remove from heat and allow steaks to rest.  Add butter to broccoli; allowing to melt.  Plate broccoli and steak side by side.  Garnish with cherry tomatoes and serve immediately.

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