Grilled Beef Tenderloin & Escarole

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Grilled Beef Tenderloin & Escarole

Grilled Beef Tenderloin & Escarole

Lightly grilled escarole combined with tangy tomato vinaigrette makes an irresistible accompaniment to juicy beef tenderloin. Serve with grilled baguette.

Serves 4

Prep Time 30 min

Total Time 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil,, divided
  • 2 tablespoon finely shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 large heads escarole or romaine lettuce, outermost leaves removed
  • 1 pound beef tenderloin (filet mignon) or sirloin steak, trimmed and cut into 4 steaks, 1-1 1/2 inches thick

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Step 2

Place tomatoes, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon Parmesan, vinegar, basil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a food processor or blender; pulse until coarsely chopped. Set aside. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and garlic in another small bowl.

Step 3

Leaving the root ends intact, cut escarole (or romaine) heads into quarters (the root will keep the leaves from falling apart); brush the cut sides with the garlic-oil mixture and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Season both sides of steak with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pat the remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan onto both sides of the steak.

Step 4

Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the escarole (or romaine), turning occasionally, until the inner leaves have softened and the outer leaves have begun to char, about 4 minutes total. Transfer to a cutting board to cool. Grill the steaks, turning once, until desired doneness, 8 to 12 minutes total for medium.

Step 5

Cut the root ends off the escarole (or romaine) and discard. Chop the leaves into bite-size pieces. Serve the steak and grilled greens drizzled with the reserved tomato vinaigrette.


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