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Author Notes: I find the best sandwiches are usually those cobbled together from a variety of delicious leftovers. This is why I find it essential to have on hand the proper accompaniments to make an average sandwich truly great: caramelized onions, good cheese, a variety of herbs and a worthy platform.
Pulling together a sandwich recipe from scratch seems a little silly as I would normally be using last night's grilled steak...but here is a how I might go about it from the beginning.
This could be made with any good, thinly sliced steak, but I liked the sirloin flap for it's quick time in a rub and on the grill. It has a good texture, is relatively inexpensive and marries beautifully with the rich, sweet, caramelized onions. An herbed sauce, ripe tomato, peppery greens, a soft pretzel bun and of course some good, melty gouda perfect this sandwich for me. —savorthis
- 1 pound sirloin flap steak
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- black pepper
- 4 tablespoons oil, divided
- 2 tablespoons fresh herbs (tarragon, basil, thyme, parsley)
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- sriracha (optional)
- 1 large yellow onion, sliced
- 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- pretzel buns
- sliced gouda
- Mix garlic, onion powder, paprika, pepper and 2 T oil. Toss steak to coat and let sit at room temperature 30 minutes or refrigerate up to 8 hours.
- Heat remaining oil in a large pan over medium heat and cook onions with a small pinch of salt until beginning to brown. Deglaze pan with 1/3 broth and cook again until brown bits form in pan. Repeat until broth is gone and onions are a deep golden brown (20-30 minutes).
- Heat grill to medium high. Season with salt and grill steak to 125° and nicely browned. Let rest ten minutes. Toast cut sides of buns over grill, then flip top and top with cheese, moving to indirect heat until cheese melts.
- Mix herbs, mayo, sour cream, sriracha (if using). Cut steak into 3 chunks and slice thinly across the grain. Return slices to plate and allow to soak up any juices.
- To assemble: top bottom bun with some herbed sauce, steak, onions, tomato slices, arugula and top bun. Enjoy right away.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Sandwich Recipe