I was vegetarian for ~6 years, and have only recently started eating beef again after 13 years away. I mention this because tonight I made my second steak EVER. EVER. The last one was prepared maybe 9 years ago for a meat-eating ex as a Valentine’s or maybe birthday treat. I was living in the first 12th Street apartment, and I remember carefully consulting my Joy of Cooking to figure out what the hell I was doing. I had just started getting into cooking – at this point fresh packaged pasta and a sauce other than straight-up marinara was a fancy home-cooked meal – so who knows how that steak turned out. I certainly don’t recall.
Tonight’s steak, on the other hand, was delicious. After some consultation with my Plum Market butcher friends, I picked up a piece of flank steak, then sliced it thin and grilled it quickly on the cast iron grill pan. We made quick sandwiches with the steak and a handful of arugula on slices of toasted Paesano spread with coarse ground mustard and a bit of mayonnaise. The sandwiches were hearty and satisfying, especially with a Spotted Cow and some tangy cornichons on the side. While I’m not sure that steak sarnies will enter our regular meal rotation, the simplicity of this dinner reminded me that a good sandwich is a beautiful thing.