Who doesn't love a wedge salad? Sure they can be clunky to eat, but they're refreshing and flexible. Our new Garlic Pepper is loaded with Garlic, Pepper, Brown Sugar, Paprika, Onion, Cumin, Bell Pepper, and Parsley, which to me screams steakhouse salad. The coarse cracked pepper crusts beautifully on the steak tips and make this creamy dressing pop! It's very much influenced by Caesar dressing, and by using mayonnaise as the base it comes together in seconds. Make it your own by switching out different cheeses and toppings like blue cheese, bacon, hardboiled eggs, or even artichokes. 

Makes 4 servings 

Ingredients:  

For the Dressing: 

  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I like the richness of Sir Kensington's for this) 
  • 3 cloves of garlic, grated 
  • 1 lemon, juiced 
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire 
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Pepper
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan or asiago cheese 
  • Optional: 1 teaspoons anchovy paste or 2 anchovy filets 

For the Salad: 

  • 1 pound sirloin, diced into cubes 
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 
  • 2 tablespoons butter 
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Pepper
  • 2 heads iceberg lettuce 
  • 1 shallot, sliced thin 
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halves 
  • ½ bunch scallions or chives
  • ½ cup bread crumbs 
  • ¼ cup parmesan or asiago cheese 

Directions:  

  1. Bring steak to room temperature, dice into large chunks and season all sides with garlic pepper. 
  2. In a food processor or with a stick blender, add your dressing ingredients and blend until smooth. 
  3. Preheat a large skillet or cast iron pan over high heat. Add oil and wait for it to start smoking. Being mindful not to overcrowd the pan, sear each piece of steak on each side for about 3 minutes of total cooking time. Add butter when close to finished. Set steak aside. 
  4. Add shallots to to hot pan and sauté briefly until charred/caramelized. Remove from heat.  
  5. Add breadcrumbs to hot pan, and toss until toasted. Remove from heat. Toss cheese throughout. 
  6. Cut your iceberg into wedges. Spoon dressing onto base of plate, then arrange iceberg wedges. Drizzle dressing over each piece, then top with steak, tomatoes, shallots, cheesy breadcrumbs, and chives. 
April 11, 2022 — Shannon Mahoney

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