Jul 19, 2013

Big Hunk of Meat {Seared Sirloin with Spinach and Balsamic Vinegar}

The Boy was born in Texas.  Maybe that's why he loves beef so much.
When I pull a meatless meal, he pushes food around his plate.

He tells me what he really feels for is "a big hunk of meat."

Seared Sirloin w/ Spinach & Balsamic Vinegar

With summer suffocating us, a big hunk of meat is one of the last things I want.

Irritating as it may be, living with people means compromise.
The Boy wants to be a "shaggy hippy."  I want him to get a haircut.

We meet in the middle.  Not too short, not too shaggy.

Even when the other person is clearly long and stringy wrong, I guess it's best to be polite with a little give-and-take.

I gave seared sirloin.
The Boy took spinach dressed with balsamic vinegar.  (But not really)

Seared Sirloin w/ Spinach & Balsamic Vinegar
Seared Sirloin with Spinach and Balsamic Vinegar
from Twelve: A Tuscan Cookbook by Tessa Kiros

He ate his "big hunk of meat," then immediately announced he was full.
Not so fast, bub...

This is a simple, easy meal.  Great for a weeknight, especially a hot one.  I deviated from the original recipe by adding some tomatoes for color and by making a dressing with the olive oil and balsamic rather than drizzling each separately.  I also seasoned the sirloin before grilling instead of after.

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Seared Sirloin w/ Spinach & Balsamic Vinegar
adapted from Twelve: A Tuscan Cookbook

1 lb sirloin steak
salt & pepper
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
2-3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
about 10 oz spinach leaves (6 cups), washed and dried
2 medium tomatoes, sliced in wedges

Heat a grill pan or outdoor grill.  When the grill is hot, season the steak generously with salt and pepper.  Grill to your liking, turning once.  While the steak rests, whisk together the olive oil and balsamic.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place the spinach in a mixing bowl and lightly dress with some of the oil and balsamic.  Divide the spinach between 4 plates.  Slice the sirloin and arrange the slices on top of each plate of spinach.  Add the tomato wedges to each plate.  Drizzle more of the oil/balsamic dressing over each plate and serve right away.

Linking with:

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  I Heart Cooking Clubs July Potluck


  1. I love how simple this salad is, yet I bet it tastes fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday. Have a great weekend Michelle!

  2. How simple! How delicious! it is one of those..... let us "un- complicate"!

  3. Ha ha! It's only fitting that our children have things in common too. Olivia is obsessed with hippies and peace signs. In her mind being a hippie means not combing your hair, which is a lot of fun every morning. She also has the same definition of "full". The only difference is that she'd have no problems eating the spinach. She'd just be too "full" for that big hunk of meat.

    I really like the balsamic with the steak because it brightens everything up and makes it feel light enough for those hot, heavy, humid summer days. Looks delicious to me!

  4. Good choice with Tessa. I like her books. Your dish would go well with my salad, we ought to combine forces!

  5. This sounds like a great choice for a hot day. The carnivores in my house would love this one!

  6. Haha I never compromise when my boy says he wants a hunk of meat and I say no...but that's why you're a better person than I am. :P

  7. That looks so meaty and delicious! My next potluck I have plans with Tessa, but who knows...!!
    I am trying to get my daughter to cut her rather long hair..I'm still trying!

  8. Just mouthwatering...looks delicious!

  9. This looks wonderful. I have no advice about the boy - sounds like you are doing a better job than I could.

  10. Spinach dressed with balsamic seems like a great compromise for the "big hunk of meat", which just makes me laugh everytime I think of it. I don't eat a lot of red meat, not that I don't like it, just that I love vegetables so much more. But once of twice a year, I get a really craving for it and when that happens I always say "I need a big hunk of meat".

    Glad to see you hooked up with Tessa again for Pot Luck week. I need to do that again.

  11. Ah Tessa, always such great simple recipes that look as good as they taste. I still get occasional cravings for red meat--especially when it's on top of a salad like this one. ;-) Great pick!


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