Strip Loin Steaks with "Pizza" Topping

May 2009
Strip Loin Steaks with

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AKA strip steak; New York strip steak; shell steak. A trophy cut—tenderness, succulence and a satisfying chew. Low maintenance: cooks evenly, ideal for a variety of cooking methods (grilling, broiling and pan-roasting). Serve rare or medium-rare: This cut turns mealy when overcooked.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Grill: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 plum tomatoes, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 8 inch piece  baguette, chopped
  • 6 ounces cheese, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh basil
  • 4 1 1/4-inch-thick boneless New York strip steaks (about 12 ounces each)
Directions
  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over low heat. Add the garlic and cook until softened, about 6 minutes. Reserve 1 tablespoon of garlic oil in a small bowl. Add the tomatoes to the garlic oil in the skillet and season with salt and pepper; let cool. Add the bread, mozzarella and basil and stir until moistened.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium. Brush the steaks with the reserved 1 tablespoon garlic oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to the grill and cook for 7 minutes. Flip, then mound the bread mixture onto each steak. Cover and cook until the topping is golden and the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.
Tip
  • Take the guesswork out of doneness -- for medium-rare, pull the steak off the grill when a meat thermometer reaches 130 degrees .
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