Grilled Skirt Steak with Fregola-Orange Salad

"I love thinking of alternatives to classic steak and potatoes," says Michael Schwartz. His Mediterranean-inspired skirt-steak salad is a wonderful mix of just-seared slices of beef, cool and crisp fennel, chewy fregola (the Sardinian dot-shaped pasta) and juicy oranges, finished with a drizzle of briny black olive tapenade.


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  • Servings: 6


  • 1/4 cup fregola
  • 1 pound skirt steak, cut crosswise into 6-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon pure chile powder, such as ancho
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced into 1/4-inch slabs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 fennel bulb—halved, cored and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 medium navel oranges—peeled, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • 4 large radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup black olive tapenade

How to make this recipe

  1. Light a grill or preheat the broiler. In a saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the <em>fregola</em> until al dente, about 20 minutes. Drain and cool under running water; shake off the excess water.

  2. Meanwhile, rub the steaks with the chile powder and season with salt and pepper. Grill the steaks and the onion slabs over high heat for about 8 minutes, turning occasionally, for medium-rare meat and tender onions. Let the skirt steaks rest for about 10 minutes. Let the onions cool slightly, then coarsely chop them.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk the lemon juice into the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the fennel, oranges, arugula, radishes, <em>fregola</em> and grilled onion and toss well. Thinly slice the skirt steaks across the grain and arrange on plates. Spoon the tapenade over the steaks, mound the salad alongside and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Juicy grilled skirt steak is a natural partner for the spicy tannins and dark fruit of Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.

Contributed By Photo © David Nicolas Published December 2008

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