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Tapas-style pepper steak “parfaits”

Tapas Style Pepper Steak "Parfaits"


2 beef shoulder center steaks (ranch steaks), cut 3/4 inch thick (about 8 ounces each)

2 medium red bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise

6 slices (1/4 inch thick) baguette bread, cut diagonally about 5 inches long

1 clove garlic

Salt and ground black pepper

2 cups loosely packed baby spinach leaves

1/4 cup chopped Spanish olives

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoon shaved manchego cheese

Cilantro sprigs (optional)

Marinade and Dressing

1/2 cup reduced fat prepared olive oil vinaigrette

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


Combine marinade and dressing ingredients in small bowl. Place beef steaks and 1/4 cup marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn steaks to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours, turning occasionally. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade for dressing.

Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade. Place steaks and bell peppers on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill steaks, uncovered, 9 to 11 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill peppers, covered, 7 to 10 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally. A few minutes before steaks are done, place bread slices on grid. Grill until lightly toasted, turning once. Cut 1 end off garlic clove; rub cut end evenly over both sides of toasted bread.

Carve steak into thin slices; season with salt and black pepper, as desired. Dice bell peppers. Place 1 bread slice upright in each of 6 (1-cup) martini glasses or straight-sided glasses. Layer with equal amounts of spinach, peppers, steak, olives, chopped cilantro and reserved dressing. Top with cheese shavings. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.

Nutrition information per serving: 184 calories; 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat; 2 g monounsaturated fat); 46 mg cholesterol; 413 mg sodium; 1 g carbohydrate; 1.5 g fiber; 17 g protein; 3.4 mg niacin; 0.5 mg vitamin B6; 2.8 mcg vitamin B12; 2.5 mg iron; 23.8 mcg selenium; 4.2 mg zinc.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium and zinc; and a good source of niacin and iron.

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