Hanger Steak with Salsa Piccante Recipe

Hanger Steak with Salsa Piccante Recipe
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Hangar Steak

Christopher Hirsheimer

Hangar Steak

Ah, the kick-ass sauce! A grilled steak needs some kick and I love chilies. I like using Hatch chiles from New Mexico; their season is rather short but worth it. Fresno chiles also work well. I find they have a nice round flavor, medium heat and marry well with the sweet onions, balsamico, and garlic. Hanger steak is sometimes called the “butcher’s cut.” It is an earthy, meaty steak that appeals to everyone who likes meat with texture. Skirt steak is a viable substitute, but rib-eye is not (though I love rib-eyes, they can be a bit fatty). The steaks are simply rubbed with sea salt and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper. The trick is to sear the hell out them. No timidity here; let the cast-iron skillet do its duty. If it’s summer, by all means use a charcoal grill. For a wine that sucks up the heat, choose a Barbera from Piedmont.

Ingredients

  • One 24-ounce hanger steak
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Hatch or red Fresno chiles
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamico

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Trim the steak and season with sea salt and black pepper. Bring it to room temperature.

To make the salsa, put the garlic, onion, chiles, and olive oil into a cast-iron skillet. Roast in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, deglaze with the balsamico and then purée everything in a food processor fitted with a metal blade until chunky.

Prepare a medium-hot grill. Sear the hanger until dark mahogany in color and crispy on all sides — this takes vigilance, but only about 8 minutes total. Hanger should be rare to medium-rare. Let the steak rest for 5 minutes, then slice.

Serve with the salsa.

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Steak Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Steak Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.