This inventive method of poaching lean flank steak in red wine takes a little patience, but the results are worth the effort. At less than 350 calories per serving, this dish makes a special Valentine's dinner you can enjoy guilt-free — just save a little room for dessert!
1 pound flank steak or flap steak
2 cups Cabernet or other dry red wine
1 beef or vegetable bouillon cube or 1 teaspoon bouillon paste
1 clove garlic
1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
2 sprigs oregano
2 sprigs thyme
2 black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 pound haricots verts or green beans
Fresh cracked pepper and coarse sea salt
- Pat the beef dry with paper towel. In a large heavy-bottomed pot or sauté pan, combine Cabernet and bouillon and whisk to dissolve.
- Bruise the garlic with the side of a knife and add to the pan with the onion, oregano, thyme, peppercorns, and bay leaf.
- Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, then lower heat until only a few small bubbles are visible on the surface.
- Add the beef and cook for seven minutes on each side for medium rare, 10 minutes a side for medium. Transfer cooked steak to a platter and cover to keep warm while cooking beans.
- Stir the Dijon mustard into poaching liquid and add the haricots verts. Cook for three minutes or until the beans are just tender and transfer to a platter. Cover to keep warm.
- Bring the liquid to a vigorous simmer to reduce the poaching liquid by half, about five minutes. Meanwhile, transfer the beef to a cutting board and slice very thinly, against the grain.
- To serve, divide the haricots verts among four plates and top with thinly sliced beef. Drizzle with a bit of the reduced poaching liquid and garnish with a few of the poached onions, pepper, and salt.
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