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Playing Rachael's Sliced Hanger Steak with Smoky Mustard Dressing and Spring Vegetables with Shallots and Greens


For the steak
  • 1½ to 2 pounds hanger steak (if not available, flank steaks cut into 6-8 ounce portions)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard or prepared English mustard
  • 1 tablespoon wine vinegar, white or red
  • About 2 teaspoons honey
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 large clove garlic, grated or pasted
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 teaspoon pimenton, smoked sweet paprika or Aleppo pepper (1/3 palm full)
For the vegetables
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • A small bunch of ramps, finely chopped, or 2 large shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed of tough ends and thinly sliced on the bias
  • 1½ to 2 cups freshly shelled peas
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 heads Gem or butter lettuces, coarsely chopped
  • ½ lemon


Serves: 4


For the steaks, bring steak to room temperature. Pound out lightly to same thickness and cut into 6-8 ounce portions. Season with salt and pepper.

In a bowl, combine mustard, vinegar, honey, lemon and garlic. Stream in the EVOO, about 1/3 cup, while whisking. Season sauce with smoked paprika, salt and pepper to taste.

Heat grill or large cast-iron skillet over medium-high to high heat.

For the vegetables, in a sauté pan over medium to medium-high heat, heat EVOO. Add butter and melt into oil, then add ramps or shallots, asparagus and peas and cook about 3-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add stock and reduce heat to low.

Place steak in hot, smoking pan and let brown before turning. Cook the steak 8 minutes for medium-rare or about 10 minutes for medium to medium-well, turning occasionally. Let meat rest 5-10 minutes, then slice against the grain.

Turn heat off the vegetables and wilt in the lettuce.

Serve the steaks topped with the mustard sauce and the greens alongside.