On the Line: Brian Bennett of Paul Martin's American Grill, Part Three

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We got to watch Brian work on the line as we wrapped up our interview. Grilling and plating with a critical eye, this dish has comfort food written all over it. For more storytelling, capture the free Wi-Fi at Paul Martin's as you go over parts one and two.

Paul Martin's Marinated Skirt Steak
With Roasted Maple-Bourbon Sweet Potatoes and Arugula


Serves 4

Steak ingredients:

2 pounds skirt steak, natural or organic recommended, marinated (see recipe below)
6 ounce bag of baby arugula, organic, pre-washed (for garnish)
Extra virgin olive oil (for garnish)
Sea salt (for garnish)


Mustard marinade ingredients:

3 medium-sized garlic cloves, chopped
1-1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1/4 cup gluten-free tamari
1-1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/4 cup whole grain Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons smooth Dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup good sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon whole white peppercorns, ground
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt


Steak directions:

Combine and mix marinade ingredients together.

Lay skirt steak flat on cutting board and trim away any silver skin and large pieces of fat.

Cut steak into 4  6-ounce pieces (size after trimming).

Toss the skirt steak with the marinade and refrigerate covered for 24 hours, if possible.


Sweet potatoes ingredients:

2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed and dried
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
1/2 cup grade B maple syrup
1/2 cup Bulleit or high quality bourbon


Sweet potato directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Scrub and dry potatoes; coat them with oil, sprinkle with salt.

Bake for 30 minutes or until fork tender. Cool and cut into 1/2-inch diagonal wedges.

In a sauce pan, heat maple syrup and bourbon. Stir continually over medium-low heat.

Reduce to 1/3 cup -- it will be thick and sweet. Keep warm.

Brush the sweet potatoes lightly with oil and a pinch of salt.

Place in a grill basket. Grill potatoes until heated through.


To cook steak and plate:

Preheat grill. Place the skirt steak fattiest side down -- turn once and grill to desired doneness -- medium-rare is recommended.

Remove the steak and let rest for a few minutes. Cut each portion in half on a diagonal.

Place 4 slices of cut steak on each plate. Add 3 wedges of sweet potatoes, drizzled with maple-syrup bourbon sauce.

Garnish with a mound of baby arugula, which has been lightly tossed with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.


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