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Balsamic Skirt Steak with Polenta and Roasted Tomatoes

This meal is proof that less can be more. Pan-cooked steak, a single-ingredient sauce, and simple sides add up to nothing less than an Italian feast.

Source: Everyday Food, March 2008
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Cook's Notes

Balsamic vinegar is good for more than just dressing salads. Reduced over high heat, it becomes a fast sauce for meat and veggies.

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  • Allybean
    12 OCT, 2011
    VERY good! Cut in half for two people. Make sure you add the extra water in the polenta just before serving.
  • Elizsafox
    4 NOV, 2010
    I make this recipe all the time for my husband and me. We LOVE it! It's easy to reduce to just 2 portions: buy only 2 thin steaks, only 1 pint of cherry tomatoes and 3-4 scallions, and just use 3/4 cup of balsamic vinegar for the sauce. I also like to add about a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce to the vinegar.
  • MS10466880
    30 MAR, 2010
    I agree; every element of the meal was delicious. I ultimately decided to add more cheese and some minced sage to the polenta which I thought paired nicely with the meat and roasted tomatoes.
  • RBTX3
    19 MAR, 2009
    Another WINNER! Every part of this meal was delicious. Do not eliminate the balsamic vinegar sauce it makes the steak savory. The polenta was a nice change of pace. I will definitely make this entire recipe again.
  • MrsOtter
    16 FEB, 2009
    Many specialty stores sell balsamic glaze - so the work it already done for you and there would be less smell.
  • MS11978101
    13 FEB, 2009
    Thanks for the "pungent" heads up! I will make this meal out back using my two burner portable stove, since our kitchen retains food odors too. But I LOVE the ingredients in this recipe
  • sldavis
    13 FEB, 2009
    I made a similair recipie and the end result is amazing. However the intense aroma of the balsamic vinegar reducing was making my eyes water and irritating my dog. The whole house smelled for a day or two and my clothes and hair really smelled. MY husband loved it and while it was good I can't bring myself to make it again.
  • bigdogsmom
    13 FEB, 2009
    this sounds and looks delicious....could it be made with chicken? or would the reduction be too intense? mmmmmlove roasted baby tomatoes

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