Episode 101: Wine Country Grill

Wine-Marinated Flank Steak with Pinot Noir Mushroom Sauce

Wine-Marinated Flank Steak with Pinot Noir Mushroom Sauce


Wine-Marinated Flank Steak with Pinot Noir Mushroom Sauce

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 2 to 3 pounds flank steak
  • 3 cups pinot noir or other dry red wine
  • 4 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed with the side of a cleaver
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus oil for brushing the steaks

For the sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 strip bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4 inch slivers
  • 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 cup beef stock

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Lightly score the steak(s) in a crosshatch pattern on both sides. Make the cuts 1/4 inch apart and not more than 1/8 inch deep.

Step 2: Place the steaks(s) in a large shallow bowl. Pour the wine over them and stir in the shallots, garlic, thyme, and olive oil. Marinate for 4 hours in the refrigerator.

Step 3: Drain the steak(s) in a colander over a bowl. Transfer the meat to a plate and blot dry. Reserve the veggies and wine.

Step 4: Make the sauce: Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the bacon and sauté over medium heat to render some of the fat, 2 minutes. Add the shallots and garlic from the marinade and the shiitakes and cook over medium heat until the ingredients are lightly browned, 3 minutes. Place the cornstarch in a tiny bowl, stir in 1 tablespoon of the reserved wine, and set aside. Add the reserved wine and beef stock to the shallot mixture and increase the heat to high. Boil the mixture until reduced to about 1 cup. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture: the sauce will thicken slightly. Whisk in the remaining butter and salt and pepper to taste: the sauce should be highly seasoned. Keep warm.

Step 5: Brush the steaks on both sides with oil and season generously with salt and pepper.

Step 6: Set up your grill for direct grilling and preheat to high. Ideally, you’ll be grilling over grapevines. Brush and oil the grill grate.

Step 7: Grill the steaks until cooked to taste—they taste best served rare or medium-rare, roughly 2 minutes per side for rare, 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a platter or plates. Spoon the sauce over the steaks and sprinkle with the chopped fresh chives.

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