Serves: 4 (generously)
Preparation time: 15 minutes (plus marinating time)
Total time: 45 minutes
1 flat iron steak (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds)
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1 1/2 cups favorite all-purpose marinade such as Mrs. Dash Garlic/Herb marinade
HERB BUTTER (OPTIONAL)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs of choice
1 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 to 1 cup fat-free reduced-sodium beef broth
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Place the flat iron steak in a plastic sealable bag and pour the marinade over. Refrigerate and marinate from 4 to 8 hours.
If making the herb butter, mix together the softened butter with the herbs and shape into a log. Place in plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving time.
At grilling time, remove the steak from the marinade (discard marinade) and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
Meanwhile, bring vinegar to a boil in small saucepan; reduce heat to medium. Cook 10 minutes or until vinegar is reduced to about 1/4 cup. Watch carefully, as it can burn. Stir in the beef broth and heat. Mix butter and flour in small bowl until smooth. Whisk the butter/flour into the vinegar/broth until smooth and bring to a boil. The mixture should be the consistency of a glaze and coat the back of a spoon. If it’s too thick, add broth. Reduce heat; simmer 1 minute, stirring constantly. Season the glaze with black pepper. Set aside to serve with the steak.
Oil the grill grates. Place the flat iron steak on the grill over medium-high heat and grill about 8 minutes on one side. Turn and continue grilling another 6-8 minutes or until medium-rare (or desired degree of doneness).
Remove from the grill and let steak rest 5 minutes before slicing against the grain. Serve with the glaze and a dollop of herb butter.
Adapted from www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com.
Tested by Susan M. Selasky for the Free Press Test Kitchen.
Analysis without herb butter.
525 calories (53 percent from fat), 31 grams fat (14 grams sat. fat), 19 grams carbohydrates, 37 grams protein, 320 mg sodium, 146 mg cholesterol, 0 grams fiber.