Kitchen InFerno: Steak Me Home Tonight

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photo 3Are you tired of the same old PB and J, or turkey and cheese? Is the cold weather outside enough to turn you off from cold cuts on your sandwich? It sounds like it’s time to whip out the ol’ panini maker…or your favorite non-stick pan.

This isn’t your standard nutella and banana combo, which is absolutely delicious, but seriously lacking in nutrients. Steak out at home tonight and munch on a super simple, gourmet panini!

What you’ll need:
(Makes 2 large paninis)

½ medium size onion
2 roasted red peppers
1 small container of button mushrooms
¾ lb round steak
4 slices fresh bread (we used rye from Panera)
1 small container pitted kalamata olives
3 Tablespoons deli mustard with horseradish
small package goat cheese
Pinch salt and pepper

What to do:

1. Thinly slice mushrooms, onion, and roasted red peppers.

2. Put a few Tablespoons olive oil in frying pan on medium heat. Add mushrooms and onion to pan. Toss as they brown.

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3. Add roasted red peppers to pan and continue to toss until mushrooms have cooked down and mushrooms and onions are golden brown. Then, turn off heat.

4. Pound round steak with bottom of pan to tenderize.

5. Put a few Tablespoons olive oil in smaller pan on medium heat.

6. Salt and pepper steak and cook for 1 minute per side. (This cook time is for medium rare – change time according to taste.)

7. Remove steak from pan so it can rest on a plate. (Meat continues to cook after you remove it from heat, so be careful not to overcook it!)

8. Lay bread flat and drizzle with olive oil. (This will help it to brown in the Panini maker!)

9. Lay one slice of bread (olive-oil side down.) Sprinkle with goat cheese and thinly layer mushroom, onion, red pepper mixture and steak slices. Coat other side of bread with horseradish mustard and sliced kalamata olives.

10. Cook in panini maker for 3-4 minutes, or in the pan on medium heat for about 2 minutes – or long enough for cheese to become gooey and bread to become golden brown. Serve immediately!

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Voila! Paninis for dinner, anyone?