My husband finally deployed a few weeks back. I say “finally” because I swear the dang thing was pushed back 15 times. There came a time where he would come home, announce that it was pushed back again, and I would burst into tears. I was so ready for him to leave, so that we could knock out the 9 (or 12) months and be done for now.

It’s been a weird couple weeks since he left. We’ve had zero communication since he got to where he’s supposed to be. We weren’t sure if he would have internet and it’s looking like he doesn’t. But hey, I knew they didn’t have showers there so I don’t know why I set my hopes high on the internet front! They need to come up with a “I’m alive” button that soldiers can just press and have a message transmitted directly back to their families. Until then, I’ll be spending most of my days staring at the Facebook homepage, willing that little green dot to pop up by his name. (That doesn’t work, btw.)

I made him these sandwiches before he left. The man loves steak and he loves sandwiches so I knew I couldn’t really go wrong here, even if I did include his least favorite cheese. He LOVED these! I turned mine into a salad and it was delicious!

This was my first time using flank steak (it’s expensive around here!) and I was really impressed with it. It took no time at all and it was really easy to tell when it was done, which it something I struggle with when cooking meat. If you don’t want to fire up the grill, you can do this on the stove but the onions won’t have those lovely grill marks. :)

(Thanks for allowing me a whiny post today – I promise I won’t whine often. Once a month sound good? Okay.)

Flank Steak Sandwiches with Blue Cheese
adapted from Southern Living
For the flank steak:
  • 1 ½ pounds flank steak
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 3 gloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 lemon
For the sandwiches:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 large onions thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 6 ciabatta rolls
  • 5 ounces blue cheese
  • lettuce tomato, mayo, etc.
For the steak:
  1. Place steak in a large dish. Set aside while you make the marinade.
  2. Whisk together the onion, garlic, olive oil, basil, thyme, rosemary, salt, and crushed red pepper. Pour over steak. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes but not more than 1 hour, 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat grill to 400F to 450F (high) heat. Grill steak 9 minutes on each side or to desired degree of doneness. Remove from the grill and squeeze lemon juice over top. Allow to stand for about 10 minutes before thinly slicing. (Leave the grill on to grill the onions!)
For the sandwiches:
  1. Brush the sliced onions with 1 tablespoon of olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill on the preheated grill for about 7 minutes or until tender. Set aside.
  2. Split the ciabatta rolls; brush with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Place cut side down on the hot grill and cook for just a minute or 2, until golden.
  3. Spread hot rolls with mayo (if desired) and then sprinkle with blue cheese. Layer on lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, and the thinly sliced steak. Serve hot!



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