One thing that all men have in common, without much exception, is that they love food. And in the case of mine and my husband's family, they especially love beef.
So if you are having a hard time figuring out something nice to do or buy for your Dad next weekend on Father's day, consider making him a delicious meal. It shows that you're all grown up. It shows that he raised a thoughtful person. And it's a much better gesture than buying an ugly tie that he'll never wear.
Here is my tried and true Steak Sandwich recipe. It's great served with herbed new potatoes or fries. It is sure to please and you won't spend the entire day in the kitchen preparing it when you should be catching up with Dad.
(makes 3 large sandwiches)
1 New York Strip Steak (about 1" thick)
1 Large Spanish Onion, cut in rings
Ciabatta or Focaccia Bread
Mustard Aoli (recipe below)
Using a good pinch of both, salt and pepper both sides of the steak. Let it sit out for about 5 - 10 minutes so that it isn't cold in the center when cooking. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium to large frying pan over high heat. Just as the olive oil is starting to slightly smoke, add the steak and cook for 1 minute without moving it. Turn it over and cook for another minute. Then turn down the heat to low-medium and continue to cook for 7 minutes (this should bring it to medium rare). Remove from pan and put on plate, covering with aluminum foil. Let it sit for at least another 10 minutes.
Using the same pan, add another tablespoon of olive oil and turn the flame to medium. Add the onions and cook for 10 -12 minutes, turning occasionally. The onions will be a caramel brown and soft when finished.
Thinly slice steak against the grain on a slight diagonal. Slices should be about 3/8" thick.
Spread mustard aoli on both sides of bread. Top with a layer of steak, caramelized onions, and arugula. Enjoy!
1/2 - 3/4 cup Mayo (less make sharper tasting aoli...more is milder)
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp Whole Grain Mustard
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
2 Tbsp Sour Cream
Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl.