Chef Way In one version of this recipe, David Burke makes a deviled egg salad spiked with hot sauce, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. In another version, he flavors the eggs with truffle oil and curry. Both egg salads get carefully scooped into egg shells, topped with diced beef and served with pita on the side.
Easy Way Burke unceremoniously stuffs soft pita bread with the deviled egg salad and thin slices of grilled beef.
4 large eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons snipped chives
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Dash of hot sauce
1 celery rib, diced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Two 1-pound strip steaks, 1 inch thick
4 large pocketless pita breads
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 bunch watercress
How to Make It
Put the eggs in a medium saucepan filled with cold water and bring to a rapid boil. Cover and let stand off the heat for 10 minutes. Drain and fill the pan with cold water, shaking the eggs against the side of the pan to crack them. Peel the eggs and coarsely chop them. In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, paprika, dry mustard, chives, Worcestershire and hot sauce. Add the chopped eggs and celery and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate the egg salad.
Meanwhile, light a grill. Brush the steaks and pita bread with oil. Grill the pita for 30 seconds per side, just until heated and lightly toasted. Immediately wrap in foil to keep soft. Season the steaks with salt and pepper and grill over moderately high heat for about 10 minutes, turning once, for medium-rare meat. Transfer the steaks to a board and let rest for 10 minutes. Thinly slice the steaks across the grain.
In a medium bowl, whisk the lemon juice with the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the watercress, season with salt and pepper and toss. Spread the egg salad over the pita breads (don't slice them open). Arrange the sliced steak on one half of the pita and top with the watercress. Fold the pitas to close and serve the sandwiches right away.
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