A big sirloin steak is ideal for a casual summer dinner. It’s affordable and tasty, and it feeds a crowd. Paired with a few simple salads (one grilled on the spot, one make-ahead, and one Riesling-spiked fruit salad for dessert) summer entertaining doesn’t get any easier—or more laid-back—than this.
Tip: If you aren’t able to season the meat at least 12 hours in advance, do it right before cooking, but use only 3/4 tsp. kosher salt.
The day or morning before you plan to cook the steak, sprinkle both sides of it with the salt. Set it on a large plate, cover loosely (waxed paper works well), and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.
About an hour before you’re ready to cook, remove the steak from the refrigerator. Prepare a medium-hot charcoal fire or heat a gas grill to medium high. Wipe the steak dry with paper towels, coat very lightly with oil, and season with pepper if you like. Put the steak on the grill, watching for flare-ups especially when cooking the first side. (If the flames threaten to char the entire steak, move it off to the side for a few moments until the fire calms.) Grill 8 to 9 min. per side for medium rare, a minute or two longer per side for medium. Check for doneness by making a small cut into the steak and peeking—if the meat looks a shade less done than you like, it’s ready. Move the steak to a carving board, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for 5 min. (it will continue to cook a bit more).
To serve, either carve the steak into six peices or into 1/4-inch slices. Spoon any collected juices onto the meat and top each serving with the braised shallots.
nutrition information (per serving):
with 1/2 tsp. oil per entire steak;
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Photo: Scott Phillips