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Dinner Tonight: Flank Steak Panini with Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onions

Steak sandwiches are a lot trickier to execute than it might initially seem. Though a great steak often needs little more than a nice sear and some salt and pepper, when you stuff that steak between two slices of bread, something strange happens. The meat often ends up both bland and tough, which is puzzling. In Simple Italian Snacks, Jason Denton and Kathryn Kellinger get past this by cooking a flank steak until medium-rare, then slicing it thinly against the grain. It also helps that it's topped with an herby goat cheese and caramelized onions. This sandwich has flavor to spare.

Of course, if you're making a panini it certainly helps to have a panini press, but there are other options if you want those perfect charred lines. I placed the sandwich on my grill pan then set a heavy iron skillet on top. Just make sure the skillet is balanced on top, so it doesn't fall off and on to your toe. Sure, it's slightly hazardous, but look at those lines!

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