Grilled Steak and Tomatoes
Makes 4 servings
3 medium, ripe but firm tomatoes, divided
2 cloves garlic, halved
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 to 3 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
2 sprigs fresh parsley
1 lb. beef flank steak, top round or sirloin steak
2 green onions
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Cut 1 tomato into 6 wedges and place in the work bowl of a food processor. Add garlic and pulse to chop. Add vinegar, thyme leaves and parsley and pulse until evenly blended.
Place steak in a zip-top bag and pour tomato mixture over steak. Seal bag and refrigerate overnight or several hours. Massage and turn bag over once or twice while marinating.
Preheat grill to medium high or allow coals to burn down to white ash. Drain steak, discard marinade and pat dry. Grill steak over direct heat 12 to 15 minutes, or until meat thermometer inserted in the center registers 145 to 160 degrees for medium-rare to medium doneness, turning midway through cooking. Remove steak and place on a platter, cover with aluminum foil and allow to rest 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut each of the remaining 2 tomatoes into 6 wedges. Cut green onions into 2-inch pieces. Place vegetables in a zip-top bag. Drizzle with oil and season lightly with salt and generously with pepper. Seal and massage to coat vegetables evenly. Fold the edges of a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil, about 12-inches square, up slightly to form a flat, shallow bowl and place over direct heat. Pour the vegetables into the foil bowl. Grill until vegetables are heated through, about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove vegetables from heat and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Stir gently to coat evenly.
Slice steak across the grain into thin strips. Spoon grilled vegetables on top of steak.
Per serving: 242 calories (52 percent from fat), 14 g total fat (5 g saturated), 57 mg cholesterol, 6 g carbohydrates, 23 g protein, 78 mg sodium, 1 g dietary fiber.
Recipe developed for The Kansas City Star by professional home economists Kathryn Moore and Roxanne Wyss.