A flavorful sandwich of seared beef, garlic, and caramelized onions spiked with zingy Piri Piri sauce.
- 1/2 pound skirt steak
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- A few generous lugs of Piri Piri sauce (If you don’t have Piri Piri sauce, Sriracha or Tabasco will make tasty substitutes.)
- 2 sandwich rolls, sliced in half lengthwise (I like using hoagie rolls.)
- A generous nob of butter (3/4 to 1 tablespoon, or however much you feel inspired to use. Feel free to substitute olive oil if you prefer.)
- A handful of chopped parsley
- A couple of spoonfuls of prepared caramelized onions (If you don’t have prepared caramelized onions, you can make your own by cooking sliced onions over low heat until they are soft and sweet, then adding in a dash of balsamic vinegar.)
- Rub both sides of the skirt steak with the minced garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Heat a skillet over high heat (cast iron is great for this), until just starting to smoke. Once it’s hot, cook the steak on one side until well browned. This should take just a minuet or two. Flip the steak over to cook on the second side. As soon as you flip it, drizzle and spread Piri Piri sauce generously on the cooked side. Cook until the steak reaches desired doneness. With a thin cut of meat like a skirt steak, this should only take a few minutes longer. When the steak has finished cooking, remove from the heat to rest for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat a grill pan (Those pans with the ridges that make grill marks. Or use a panini press if you’ve got one.) over medium heat. When it’s hot, grill the sandwich rolls until you get lovely brown grill marks, flipping once to brown both sides. I recommend putting a heavy skillet on top of the rolls to press them evenly onto the grill, and to flatten them a bit. Remove from the heat.
- When the steak has finished resting, slice against the grain of the meat into thin strips. The thinner the better!
- Return the skillet that you used to cook the steak to the stove over medium heat. Add a generous nob of butter to the skillet, along with a splash of Piri Piri sauce. When the butter begins to stop foaming, add the sliced steak. Toss everything together well, being sure to scrape up any stuck-on bits from the bottom of the skillet. Remove from the heat, and toss in a handful of chopped parsley.
- Spread caramelized onions on the bottom half of each sandwich roll, divide the steak between each roll, drizzle with a bit of extra Piri Piri sauce, then press the sandwich tops over everything.
- Category: sandwich
- Cuisine: Portuguese
Keywords: sandwich, beef