Eric Ripert's Seared Skirt Steak and Spinach Salad with Red Wine-Shallot Vinaigrette

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Adapted from Eric Ripert's Avec Eric

Why I Picked This Recipe: There aren't many Eric Ripert recipes that can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes. This one is not only quick, but still has enough going on that it doesn't taste like it came together so easily.

What Worked: The warm vinaigrette is the glue that ties this whole dish together. Obviously, the reduced wine sauce works well with the steak, but it completely changes the spinach and raw mushrooms. The greens wilt slightly, so they retain a little of their structure, while softening somewhat.

What Didn't: Everything on the plate worked. I can't think of anything off here.

Suggested Tweaks: I'm a little confused why the recipe had me make so much of the vinaigrette. The recipe says to "lightly dress" the greens, leaving behind 50% or of it. You could easily make half of the suggested amount, and you'd still have some leftover.

About the author: Nick Kindelsperger is the editor of Serious Eats: Chicago. He loves tacos and spicy food. You can follow him as @nickdk on Twitter.

Eric Ripert's Seared Skirt Steak and Spinach Salad with Red Wine-Shallot Vinaigrette

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About This Recipe

Yield:serves 4
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:30 minutes
This recipe appears in: Eric Ripert's Seared Skirt Steak and Spinach Salad with Red Wine-Shallot Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 2 sprigs Italian parsley
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed to four 6-inch wide steaks
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 4 large white button mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced

Procedures

  1. 1

    In a small saucepan, combine the red wine, shallots, parsley, and thyme. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, and cook until reduced by half. Turn off the heat and discard the parsley and thyme sprigs. Add the cracked pepper and season with salt to taste. Whisk in the red wine vinegar and olive oil, and set aside.

  2. 2

    Pour the canola into a large cast-iron skillet set over high heat. Season the steaks with salt and pepper on both sides. When the oil starts to smoke, add the steaks. For medium-rare, cook for two to three minutes a side. When done, set steaks aside on a cutting board and let them rest for at least five minutes.

  3. 3

    While the steaks are resting, warm the vinaigrette back up in the saucepan over low heat. Combine the spinach and mushrooms in a large bowl, and then stir in just enough of the warm vinaigrette to lightly dress the greens. Start with a few tablespoons and go from there. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  4. 4

    Divide the salad mixture between four plates. Slice the steaks against the grain into 1/4-inch pieces, and then divide the slices up between the plates. Drizzle a little more of the vinaigrette on top of the slices. Serve immediately.

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