Cookbook:Chicago Sirloin with Cabernet Balsamic Reduction

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This is a classically inspired steak recipe, with influences from both American and European cuisine.



  1. Dice the onion, shallots and garlic. Set these aside.
  2. Pre-heat a medium-sized saucepan to low-medium heat and pre-heat the barbecue to high.
  3. Throw the onions in the pan and sauté until light yellow.
  4. Add the shallots and garlic to the pan and sauté for a few minutes more. Make sure all ingredients are lightly crisped.
  5. Pour in about ⅓ of the wine and ⅓ of the vinegar. Let this simmer and reduce at a lower heat for about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Place the steaks on the barbecue, seasoning with the Montreal steak spice.
  7. Add the rest of the wine and vinegar and season by sprinkling some fresh black pepper on top. Boil off until you no longer smell the alcohol coming from the steaming wine.
  8. Flip the steaks. You want them to be soft on the inside (cooked rare) yet quite charred on the outside, to get that charcoal flavor.
  9. Once the sauce has gone down to about ⅓ of its original volume, take off heat.
  10. Remove steaks from grill and take inside.

Place the steaks on your plates, cover with the sauce and serve!

You may wish to serve this flavourful dish with a side that compliments its strong flavors such as asparagus, new potatoes, or roasted Brussels sprouts.

Serves two people.