Easy Dinner: Steak and Caesar Salad

Easy dinner weeknight meals is always something that I try to do no matter what time of year. However, in the summertime I find myself  for weeknight meals that let us enjoy the warm evening weather as a family even more so. What better way to achieve this for those long lazy summer nights than a BBQ dinner of steak and homemade caesar salad. So quick and easy to prepare, it has become a favorite in our home.

 

Here is what you will need for the steaks: 

  • 2 New York strip steak (or whatever cut of steak you prefer)
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  •  2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp each of garlic powder, onion powder, crushed coriander, dried dill and read pepper flakes
  • olive oil

How to prepare the steaks:

  • Heat the BBQ
  • Bring steaks to room temperature.
  • Mix together in a bowl salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, coriander, dill and read pepper flakes.
  • On a baking sheet place the steaks and rub the steaks with about 1 tbsp on olive oil each on both sides.
  • Rub each steak with the rub mixture and let rest until the grill is ready.
  • Once the grill is ready, place steaks on BBQ for 4 to 5 minutes each side or until the internal temperature is 135 for medium rare.
  • Remove the steaks from the grill and tent for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Once steak has rested, slice on a diagonal into strips .
  • 2 steaks will feed 4 people

Here is what you will need for the caesar salad:

  • 1 head of romaine lettuce torn into bite size pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 anchovies
  • 1/3 cut olive oil
  • Croutons
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp of red wine vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Here is how to make the caesar salad:

  • place lettuce, parmesan and croutons in a serving bowl and lightly toss
  • Add garlic, anchovy, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar and egg to a food processor. Turn the processor on low and while the processor is running, slowly add the olive oil until well blended.
  • Pour dressing over romaine lettuce and toss. Add fresh cracked pepper and more parmesan, then serve.

 

Note: To make home made croutons, thickly slide day old bread into cubes and place on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bake in a 425 degree oven until golden and crisp, tossing every so often to ensure all sides are baked.

I hope this recipe inspires you in your kitchen – enjoy!

 

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