Playing Steak with Salsa Verde and Potato Bitter Green Hash
  • 4 (6- to 8-ounce) flatiron steaks, or 4 (8-ounce) strip steaks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup EVOO - Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large shallot, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, 1 clove grated or finely chopped and 1 clove crushed
  • 2 flat anchovy fillets
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, loosely packed
  • 2 to 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves removed from stems
  • A small handful of fresh sage leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (eyeball it)
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 thinly sliced baby Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 4 cups chopped arugula, watercress, and/or escarole
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Heat a cast-iron skillet or a large grill pan over high heat. Season the meat with salt and pepper, drizzle with EVOO, and bring to room temperature. To a food processor bowl add the shallot, the grated or finely chopped garlic, the anchovies, parsley, rosemary, sage, red pepper flakes, lots of black pepper, a little salt, and the Worcestershire sauce plus about 1/4 cup EVOO. Pulse to chop the ingredients into a thick green sauce, then transfer to a bowl.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the EVOO in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat with the crushed garlic. Remove the garlic and add the potatoes in an even layer, season with salt and pepper, and cook to brown, 3- 4 minutes on the first side. Turn and cook for 3-4 minutes more, then add the greens to the pan and season with a little nutmeg. Turn off the heat.

While the potatoes cook, throw the steaks into the hot skillet and cook for 7-8 minutes total for pink centers and up to 12 minutes for medium-well, turning once. Serve the steaks with the salsa verde on top and the potato-greens hash on the side.