Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Parsley Pesto Open Faced Steak Sandwiches with Garlic Spread (Skorthalia)

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Grab your napkin...

These babies were beyond good, that is all I'm saying.  They are just decadent and bursting with flavor!  You have that amazing garlic spread, parsley walnut pesto, grilled and topped over an amazing toasted Crostini.
I know!  Just because, I added a roasted red pepper on top!

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Spring is in the air.  I felt like grilling... what's not to love about a grilled steak I ask?  However, I couldn't grill out because I don't know how to start our gas grill.  No, I'm not joking.  *Didi looking around the room, what*?  My hubby starts it for me, heats it up to the temperature I need, and then backs off as I grill.  Hubby unfortunately was coming home late tonight, so either I baked the steaks (NO), or I would have to grill them on my indoor grill.  The latter it was!  This would be perfect for an impromptu gathering when you didn't pull out that many steaks.  It's budget friendly because you slice one large steak into individual slices...

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Yield: 4-6 Servings
Prep time: *including marinading time* 2 hours
Cook Time:  25 minutes

Parsley Walnut Pesto:
1 1/2 cups fresh parsley chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
4 tbsp olive oil
Pinch of salt & pepper

-Place all ingredients in your food processor and process till smooth. Taste for seasonings, adjust if necessary.  How I taste it by taking a nice piece of crostini and slathering pesto over it.
The sacrifices I make for my family... I should be crowned "best mom of the year" I say! *grin*

Steak & Bread:
1 large top sirloin steak (that's what I used) or 2-3 smaller steaks of choice
8-10 slices Italian or French bread

-Spread both sides of steak with the pesto.

Look at that awesome pesto

-Wrap steak with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours.  Remove from refrigerator 1/2 an hour before grilling to ensure the steak comes to room temperature.

-Grill according to your preference.  We like our steaks medium.
Let steaks rest and then cut into strips.

-Add your crostini slices to the grill and crisp on either side while steak is cooking.

-When the crostini's are grilled, spread about 1 tablespoon full of garlic spread over them.

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-Top with a few pieces of steak.

-Add a little more garlic spread on top of the steak.  Top with a beautiful slice of roasted red pepper to bring all the flavors together and sprinkle with a little bit of fresh parsley for that dramatic effect. Can you taste it?  I know...

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-Want to take it over the top?  I knew it, see I know how you think!  Sprinkle a little Feta cheese over them!

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I served them with a nice pasta salad and mini frozen corn on the cob.  These sandwiches are  easy, healthy, bursting with flavor and totally budget friendly!  Are you chopping the parsley yet?

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Didi Didi, you've done it again! I'm not chopping the parsley yet cause I need to get some, but I'll be making the Skorthalia either tonight or tomorrow. That's the kinda dip I love, love to have hanging around.

  2. Didi Didi, you've done it again! I'm not chopping the parsley yet cause I need to buy some. But I am making the Skorthalia either tonight or tomorrow. That's just the kind of dip I love, love, love to have hanging around.

    1. Linda dolly, honestly... this one of the very infamous Greek spreads. Once you make it, you will just be trying to figure out what else you can eat it with!!!

    2. What an ordeal last night- I couldn't get my food processor to work, something was not fitting properly and it just didn't do its job. So all ingredients are in the fridge now. I think I might just put everything in my blender and give it a quick whirl. That should work. BTW, the aroma is garlic heaven. Love ya Dedes:)

    3. Linda dolly I am so sorry about your processor. I had to replace mine a few months ago, and let me tell you, what a difference. I ended up getting a Delonghi processor with the blender as well. I LOVE IT!!

      This spread is outta this world good, I can't wait for you to try it!! Blender should work just fine!!

    4. I made it- with my blender. OMG Didi, great recipe, it will now be a staple in my diet. Another rockin recipe from you

    5. So glad you enjoyed it Linda dolly! ♥

  3. The blessed season of spring has come here my friend! No more cold and winter. This little snack is so perfect that makes my mouth water! Polla filakia!!

    1. Katerina I hope you try it, it's delicious with the skorthalia!! Enjoy your weather, hopefully we will be seeing spring here too!