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    Grilled Steak with Sauteed Mushrooms and Chili Glazed Green Beans

    There is not much that a Kansas girl can ask for other than a good steak once in awhile.  It’s so simple – a mouth watering, tender, juicy piece o’ meat and I’m in heaven any day of the week. It’s also an easy meal to prepare in a pinch or when you’re tired after a long day’s work.  Another great thing is you can make just enough for yourself if you’re eating alone.  Not to mention it’s so deliciously satisfying even though it’s fast.  

    There are, of course, many classic combinations for steak sides.  I love mushrooms on top of my steak, and I spiced up some green beans for a side dish.  Between the richness of the steak, the soft, earthiness of the mushrooms, and the crisp, spicy green beans – I was one happy Kansan…even though I’m far from home!


    Grilled Steak with Sauteed Mushrooms and Chili Glazed Green Beans

    Served 2.
    Leftover Potential: If you want to make more steaks than you need, or you get a great bargain on multiple or over-sized steaks, cook it all and save the rest.  You can cut it and eat it later in the week in sandwiches or salads!

    Sauteed Mushrooms
    1 tbsp olive oil
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    2 cloves garlic, finely minced
    1 small container mushrooms, sliced ***
    salt, to taste
    pepper, to taste

    1.  In a medium saute pan, heat the oil over medium heat.  
    2.  Add the onions and cook until translucent.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    3.  Add the mushrooms and cook over medium-low heat until browned and softened.  Season with salt and pepper. Set aside or keep warm for topping the steak.

    *** I used crimini mushrooms, but any kind would be delicious.  Sometimes, I use dried mushrooms.  Simply re-hydrate the mushrooms in warm water.  Then you can reduce the re-hydrating liquid for a delicious sauce.

    Chili Glazed Green Beans
    1 tbsp olive oil
    2 cloves garlic, finely minced
    1 1/2 cups green beans, chopped in half
    salt, to taste
    1 tsp chili oil ***
    1 tsp red pepper flakes, or more to taste

    1.  In a medium pan or wok, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    2.  Add the green beans and stir fry until soft, but still crisp.  Season with salt.
    3.  Drizzle the beans with the chili oil and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.  Use more or less to taste, but even people who don’t like spice will enjoy a little of one of these components.  Set aside or keep warm to serve with the steak.

    Grilled Steak
    2 tbsp olive oil
    2 rib eye steaks, or other cuts as desired

    sauteed mushrooms
    chili glazed green beans

    1.  In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.  When the pan and oil are hot, add steaks and cook to desired doneness (4-5 minutes for medium rare).
    2.  Serve covered with the mushrooms and with a side of green beans.  

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