Aired June 19, 2014
4 to 5 ribs celery with lots of leafy tops, cut crosswise into 3-inch pieces then thinly sliced lengthwise
1 bunch scallions, halved crosswise and sliced lengthwise
5 to 6 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 large cloves garlic, very thinly sliced
2 sirloin steaks, each about 1 1/2 inches thick, at room temperature
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
Juice of 1 1/2 lemons, divided
Fine sea salt flakes
A generous handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
4 portobello mushrooms, gills scraped off and very thinly sliced
Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino
Preheat a griddle or cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Place the celery and scallions in a bowl of ice water.
In a small skillet, heat the EVOO, five turns of the pan, over low to medium-low. Add the garlic in a single layer and cook until light golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Using a fork, transfer the garlic to a paper towel. Pour the EVOO into a small dish and let cool.
Pat the steaks dry, brush with the garlic-infused EVOO then season with kosher salt, pepper and rosemary. Add the steaks to the hot griddle and cook, turning occasionally, to desired doneness, 10 minutes for medium-rare. Sear the edges then remove from heat and steaks crosswise against the grain. Douse with the juice of half a lemon, sprinkle with sea salt.
Drain the celery and scallions. Toss with the parsley, mushrooms, juice of 1 lemon, sea salt, pepper and cheese. Serve the steak with the salad alongside.