July 8, 2015

Steak Sandwiches with Homemade Pesto Mayo

Steak Sandwich with Homemade Pesto Mayo
Steak sandwich piled high with veggies on a crunch baguette
Steak isn't featured all that often in my weekly meal planner (though beef does make an appearance every once in awhile) but when I saw this recipe on Cooking Light's website I knew I had to make it ASAP. I LOVE sandwiches. Put anything between two pieces of bread and I'm there. Slather on any sort of condiment and pile it high with veggies and I'm LIVIN'.

This sandwich has so many ridiculously tasty elements that it's hard to pinpoint exactly what makes it so amazing. Is it the thick slices of juicy tomato? The spiciness of peppery arugula? The bite of raw red onion? The shmear? Or is the perfectly seasoned, seared to perfection steak? Whatever it is, I'm singing for this sando. The serving size is technically a fourth of the sandwich buuuuuut, I couldn't help myself...
Whole wheat baguette hollowed out so it can hold more veggies!
Piled high with veggies and peppery arugula

Steak Baguettes with Nut-Free Pesto Mayo
Steak Sandwiches with Homemade Pesto Mayo
Recipe modified from Cooking Light
Serves: 4 | Serving Size: 1/4 sandwich | PointsPlus: 9
Ingredients
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp toasted sunflower seeds
  • 12-oz. sirloin steak, trimmed
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 12-oz. whole wheat baguette, cut in half
  • 1 large tomato, cut into slices
  • 1 small red onion, cut into slices
  • 1 cup baby arugula
Directions
  1. In a mini food processor (or whatever you have) combine basil leaves, olive oil, and sunflower seeds. Puree until mostly smooth and set aside. 
  2. Season with steak heavily with salt and pepper. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat and cook the steak 4 minutes on each side or until desired doneness. I like mine pretty rare as you can see in the photos above!
  3. Combine set aside basil pesto with mayo in a small bowl, stirring until well blended. Hollow out each half of the bread and evenly spread the mayo on both halves. Layer bottom half with steak then add tomato, onion, and arugula. Slice into fourths and serve!
Steak Sandwiches with Homemade Pesto Mayo
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