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Dinner Tonight: Steak Sandwich with Cucumber, Ginger Salad, and Black Chile Mayonnaise

Most steak sandwiches are manly affairs. As Tom Colicchio explains in sandwich cookbook, 'wichcraft, the beef is "usually paired with onions, cheese, or similarly rich flavors." I'd like to add that there isn't anything wrong with that approach, but it is interesting to come across a recipe like this one that pairs the seared beef with ginger, cucumber, cilantro, and lime—all ingredients that help lighten the load.

The black chile mayonnaise is the one exception. It is dark, creamy, and spicy. One could probably approximate the flavor by mixing some minced chipotle chiles in adobo into some mayonnaise. But I'm going to suggest you make the whole thing—it sets this sandwich over the top. Plus, besides charring the chiles, it's as simple as tossing everything into a blender.

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