Balsamic vinegar does multiple magical things in this recipe. First, it’s stirred into the sauce to give it an acidity that cuts through and livens up the robust flavor of skirt steak. Then, it’s tossed into an arugula salad and topped with wedges of pear, providing a rounded contrast to the sweetness of the fruit. Some of it will inevitably drip into a deep, dark pool on your plate, but luckily the baguette toasts on the side, brushed in a garlic herb butter, do a swell job of sopping it up.
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Demi Baguette(ContainsWheat, Milk)
Garlic Herb Butter(ContainsMilk)
Wash and dry all produce. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Halve and core pear; cut into ½-inch wedges. Cut one baguette into ½-inch cubes. Place pear and baguette cubes on opposite sides of a foil-lined baking sheet. Toss each with salt, pepper, and a drizzle of oil. Bake in oven until baguette is crispy and pear has softened slightly, 8-10 minutes.
Meanwhile, halve, peel, and thinly slice shallots. Strip and finely chop enough rosemary leaves from stems to give you 2 tsp. Halve remaining baguette lengthwise. Place garlic herb butter in a small bowl and microwave on high until melted, about 30 seconds. Drizzle over baguette halves.
Once pear and baguette cubes have baked 8-10 minutes, remove cubes from sheet and set aside. Flip pear and continue baking until browned, another 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Season steak all over with salt and pepper. Add to pan and cook to desired doneness, 3-5 minutes per side.
Remove steak from pan and set aside to rest. Lower heat to medium and heat a drizzle of oil in same pan. Add shallots and cook, tossing, until lightly browned, 5-7 minutes. Add chopped rosemary and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in ½ cup water, 1 tsp vinegar (we’ll use more of it later), and demi-glace, scraping up any browned bits on bottom. Simmer until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Season with pepper.
While shallots cook, place buttered baguette halves cut-side up on another baking sheet. Toast in oven until golden brown, 6-7 minutes. Meanwhile, toss arugula, baguette cubes, 2 tsp vinegar, and 1 TBSP olive oil in a medium bowl (you’ll have vinegar left over). Season with salt and pepper.
Slice steak against the grain. Divide steak, salad, and garlic bread between plates. Drizzle sauce over steak. Top salad with pear and crumble ricotta salata over.