This is a good start to my Atkins low carbohydrate diet. I love portobello mushrooms because they are meaty and tasty. I especially love these mushrooms in an omelette.
I was looking through my cookbook for recipes using mushrooms and this recipe from Vegetables for Vitality caught my eye. It was colorful and the prospect of cooking a steak was exciting because I have never done it before.
Besides, I am finally trying out recipes from my many cookbooks. This is great isn't it? My cookbooks are now getting my proper attention and I am finally cooking instead of just admiring the beautiful photos.
This dish is quite simple to prepare. You need to make some garlic oil and then grill the mushrooms and onions. When the mushrooms and onions are done, simple toss them in the garlic oil. Then you need to grill the steak after seasoning it with salt and pepper. Once done, just put it on a plate and layer with sliced tomatoes and the mushrooms and onions.
Instead of salt, I seasoned the beef with oyster sauce and pepper. And I pan fried it instead of putting it on the grill. To be honest, although the dish looks colorful and appetizing, I was not that thrilled with the flavors. I'm thinking that the beef would be a lot tastier stir fried with the mushrooms. But that's just me. Perhaps, a mushroom sauce would really lift the flavors.
But I am happy that I am on the road to burning some fats by restricting my carbohydrate intake. And oh, I have started exercising too. For the next few months, my neighbor would have to tolerate some early morning tremors when I jump up and down to Wang Chung's Everybody Have Fun Tonight. I guess it will no fun for them :)
Grilled Steak with Onions & Portobello Mushrooms
Recipe source : Vegetables for Vitality (Page 125)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 clove garlic, minced
- 4 slices (1/2 inch thick) red onion
- 4 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed.
- Non-stick olive-oil cooking spray
- 2 boneless rib-eye steaks (12 ounces each)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 ripe tomatoes
- Fresh chives or parsley, finely chopped (optional)
1. Heat grill to high.
2. In a small skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Transfer oil and garlic to large bowl.
3. Coat onion slices and mushroom caps on both sides with cooking spray.
4. Grill onions and mushrooms until just browned, about 2 minutes each side.
5. Cut mushrooms into thick slices.
6. Add mushrooms and onion to garlic and toss to coat.
7. Cut steaks crosswise into two equal-size pieces. Pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Coat lightly with cooking spray.
8. Grill steaks until seared and browned grill marks appear, 3 to 4 minutes.
9. Turn steaks over. Grill 2 to 3 minutes for medium rare, or until desired doneness.
10. To serve, cut each tomato into 6 slices. Arrange 3 slices on top of each cooked steak. Top with mushroom-onion mixture. Sprinkle with chives, if desired.