Southwestern Steak and Peppers

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 35m

4 servings

This juicy spice-crusted steak gets finished with a dynamite sauce made with an unusual ingredient--coffee, which adds depth and richness to the dish. Slice the steak very thinly across the grain to ensure the most tender results.

ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 pound boneless top sirloin steak, trimmed of fat
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled, 1 halved and 2 minced
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil or extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium white onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee or prepared instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups watercress sprigs

directions

Mix cumin, coriander, chili powder, salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Rub steak with the halved garlic. Rub the spice mix all over the steak.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat. Add the steak and cook to desired doneness, 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest.

Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the skillet. Add bell peppers and onion; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add minced garlic and brown sugar; cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add coffee, vinegar and any accumulated meat juices; cook for 3 minutes to intensify flavor. Season with pepper.

To serve, mound 1 cup watercress on each plate. Top with the sautéed peppers and onion. Slice the steak thinly across the grain and arrange on the vegetables. Pour the sauce from the pan over the steak. Serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 7360

nutrition information per serving

226 calories; 12g total fat; 3g total saturated fat; 60mg cholesterol; 216mg sodium; 12g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 26g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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