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Balsamic Steaks

Donna Hay, author of The Instant Cook, virtually defines what's best about Australian cuisine. In this recipe, she flavors luscious rib-eye steaks with a punchy balsamic glaze and serves it alongside a bright-tasting bean salad. This recipe is also great with boneless chicken breast.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1/2 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
  • One 19-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Four 8- to 10-ounce rib-eye steaks
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 2 cups arugula (1 ounce)


  1. In a bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes and cannellini beans. Add the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and toss; season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Season the steaks with salt and pepper and add them to the skillet. Cook the steaks over high heat until deeply browned and medium-rare, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the steaks to plates.
  3. Pour off the oil in the skillet. Add the balsamic vinegar and sugar and cook over moderate heat, shaking the pan to dissolve the sugar. Pour the vinegar sauce over the steaks. Toss the arugula with the beans and serve with the steaks.
Contributed By Published May 2005

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