Grilled Flank Steak with Corn, Tomato & Olive Relish

Grilled Flank Steak with Corn, Tomato & Olive RelishHave you ever been to a party that starts out really fun but gets destroyed by some camera-toting loony?  You know the type I’m talking about, the person who keeps interrupting the fun to get people to smile for photos to add to his/her scrapbook or facebook page (or blog…) to prove how much fun the event was.

I felt like that person as I snapped pictures of this grilled flank steak.  See, this steak is a party on a plate.  It’s been grilled to rosy perfection, showered with sweet corn confetti, treated to decadent clumps of creamy blue cheese.  There it was, my dinner, having the time of its life, and there I was, the party spoiler, considering rearranging the corn with a pair of tweezers (just kidding–I’m not that far gone) and turning everyone’s happy party smile into a get-me-outta-here grimace.

So I called it a day, dropped the camera, and joined the party.  I wish I had a really stunning picture to illustrate how good this steak was, but often the tastiest food you see on blogs is the worst photographed because the cook/photographer just has to get in there and enjoy it.  You’ll just have to take my word/rambling analogy for it.

Let’s do this.  We’ll grill a flank steak and festively garnish it with grilled sweet corn, red onion, tomato, and olive relish, then top it with crumbles (or, preferably, gobs) of blue cheese.  Grab your ingredients and head outside.

Sweet Corn RelishToss a few ears of corn on the grill along with thick slices of red onion.  I always cut more onion than I think I need because I normally drop about half of them through the grill grates.  Oops.  While the corn and onions are charring, slice the grape tomatoes and chop the olives and a bunch of chives.

Grilled Corn

The corn and onions come off the grill and the steak goes on.  Flank steak is best with a nice crusty sear on the outside and a rare to medium rare interior.  I wouldn’t go more than medium or you’ll end up with shoe leather.

Grilled Flank Steak

While the steak is on the grill, make the relish.  Cut the corn off the cobs and combine with the grilled onions, sliced tomatoes, olives, and chives.  Dress with a touch of olive oil and a splash of vinegar.

Corn & Grilled Onion RelishCorn, Onion & OLive Relish

Slice the steak and scatter the corn relish over the top. Finish with crumbles of blue cheese and sit yourself down.  This party is in full swing and you shouldn’t miss a moment.  Or bite.

Grilled Flank Steak with Corn Relish

Grilled Flank Steak with Corn, Tomato & Olive Relish
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Leftovers make some pretty tasty tacos!
Recipe type: Entree, Main, Meat
Cuisine: American, Summer, Grilling
Serves: 4
  • 1½# Flank Steak
  • 3 ears Corn, shucked
  • ½ medium Red Onions, sliced ¼ in. thick
  • 1 c. Grape Tomatoes, sliced
  • ½ c. Kalamata Olives, chopped
  • about 2 T. Chives, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
  • 4 oz. Blue Cheese, crumbled
  1. Light the grill and create a hot, even fire.
  2. Grill the corn and onions a few minutes per side until lightly charred. Remove from grill and allow corn to cool enough to handle.
  3. Meanwhile, liberally season the steak with kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper. Sear over the hottest part of the grill, 4-5 minutes per side. Remove from grill, place on cutting board, tent with foil, and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  4. When you are able to handle the corn, cut the kernels off the cobs and into a medium bowl. Combine with the grilled onions, sliced tomatoes, olives, and chives. Season with salt and pepper and dress with the olive oil and vinegar. Taste and adjust as needed.
  5. Thinly slice the steak against the grain. Transfer to a serving platter, if desired, and top with about half of the corn relish. The remaining relish can be passed at the table. Scatter the blue cheese over the steak and serve.


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