- 2 medium tomatoes (about 1 pound)
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon basil-flavored olive oil*
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
- 6 thinly sliced basil leaves
- 12 ounces thawed Match beef
2. Heat a grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Place the tomatoes, cut sides down, in the pan and grill for 5 minutes. Turn over and grill for about 1 to 3 more minutes - you want the skin on the bottom to char. Remove from the grill pan and let stand for 5 minutes.
3. Cut the tomatoes into 1-inch pieces, and combine with the red onion, red wine vinegar, olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, and basil.
4. Sprinkle the Match beef with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Add to the grill pan and grill for 6 minutes on each side. Let stand for 5 minutes and then cut into slices to serve, with the tomato salsa on the side.
To round out the meal, I tossed together a mixed greens salad and roasted these simple potato wedges: cut 2 medium-sized baking potatoes into wedges and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons crushed rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes.
*I found basil-flavored olive oil at Whole Foods, but if you can't locate it, it's easy to make a batch at home. Combine 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil and 1/4 cup regular olive oil in a saucepan. Heat over low heat just until the oil sizzles. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour. Strain through a sieve and discard the basil. Leftovers not used for this recipe will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks.
4 servings (3 ounces beef, 1/4 cup tomato salsa), Calories 206
Although I found the tomatoes to be a little mushy off the grill pan, the summer-y flavors of the dish were quite good here in February. I would tweak the ratio of ingredients - less red onion, a little less vinegar, and more basil olive oil. The Match beef was grilled to perfection, and a perfect foil for the bright flavors of the salsa. Add in the potato wedges and a salad and this was an elegant little meal.