Have you ever tried two recipes and loved them both? That’s what happened when I saw a recipe for a steak marinade on All Recipes and thought of a recipe I’ve used for years from Brian Boitano when he was on Food Network. I had a 1 pound rib eye steak, some mini French bread buns, and a hankering for something really savory yet with a touch of sweetness. So I made Steak Sandwiches with Red Onion Jam!
I love, love, love Brian Boitano’s Red Onion Jam! I use it on hamburgers and anything else I can think of to top with this savory/sweet jam! I’ve even put it on toast! So when I had a rib eye steak just begging to be cooked I knew I wanted to top it with the Red Onion Jam.
I thought I’d see what else I had on hand to turn this into a dinner for two. A quick check and I came up with some mini French bread buns and I suddenly saw dinner! I wanted to make mini Steak Sandwiches with Red Onion Jam. I could have just grilled the steak with a little salt and pepper but that’s just not me. So I marinated the steak for about 4 hours in a Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar marinade I’d found some time ago on All Recipes.
I adapted the recipe for the steak marinade because I was only using the one small steak and because I thought salt and pepper was superfluous with the Worcestershire sauce. If you want, you can always add salt and pepper to it.
I mixed the ingredients for the marinade; 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon onion powder.
I put the steak in a zip lock bag and let it marinate for about 4 hours. You can leave it overnight if you want.
Next I sliced up a big red onion
I poured 3 tablespoons of olive oil into a large skillet and when it was hot I added my onions. I let them cook down for about 10 minutes.
Then I mixed 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar mixed with 3 tablespoon of water, and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and poured it over the onions.
When the onions were nicely caramelized I set them aside.
I removed the steak from the marinade and grilled it on a hot grill until it was about 5 degrees lower than the finished temperature I wanted. We like steak medium rare so I took it off at 140 degrees so it would finish cooking while it rested.
I wanted to just sneak off and eat the whole steak myself!
But I couldn’t leave Mr. Comfortable without dinner so I let the steak rest.
While the steak was resting I buttered and grilled the mini buns. Then I sliced the steak thinly and put some on each bottom bun.
We both decided on Provolone cheese so I put a slice over each little pile of steak. I popped the sandwiches under the broiler for about 3 minutes; until the cheese was melted and browned.
Then it was time to add the Red Onion Jam!
I served these little beauties with some French Fries and a tossed green salad. I thought I’d still be hungry but those two little sandwiches filled me right up!
The combination of the steak soaked in that wonderful marinade and the red onion jam was fantastic! My mouth wanted more but my tummy said, “I’m stuffed!”
Steak Sandwiches with Red Onion Jam
Makes 4 mini sandwiches
- 1 lb. rib eye steak (about 1 inch thick)
- 4 mini French bread buns
For the steak marinade:
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Brian Boitano’s Red Onion Jam
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, sliced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- Combine the Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, onion powder, and garlic powder.
- Place steak in a plastic baggie and pour marinade in over steak. Press to remove air. Allow steak to marinate for at least 2 hours up to overnight.
- Make red onion jam as follows:
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.
- Add the onions and cook until soft and translucent about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Add the sugar, red wine vinegar and 3 tablespoons water and cook until the liquid is reduced completely and the onions are caramelized, about 10 minutes.
- Set aside.
- Remove steak from marinade and grill over high heat until about 5 degrees below desired temperature (rare, medium rare, etc.).
- Allow steak to rest for about 5 – 10 minutes.
Butter buns and grill until golden brown.
- Slice steak into thin slices and place on bottom of buns.
- Top steak with cheese and broil until cheese until cheese is melted and lightly browned.
- Return red onion jam to skillet and heat through.
- Top cheese with red onion jam and serve.