Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Seared Flank Steak with Pear Puree and Pancetta Hash

Are any of you Hell's Kitchen fans? I admit that this season, I have HAD to watch it. I love watching the challenges the contestants are faced with. Everything always looks SO amazing and I often wish that I was eating what they are cooking as I watch the show. Last night, the remaining contestants were challenged to recreate one of chef Ramsay's dishes that he had prepared for them, going only off of the recipe. It was venison with a pear puree and pancetta hash with a beef glaze drizzled around it. It looked AMAZING.
I have been craving that dish all. day. long. So I decided to recreate my own version, using flank steak instead of the not so readily available venison. I honestly have no Idea what was in the dish besides the meat and puree, so I just guessed on the rest.
It turned out fantastic and the funny thing is, it only took me about 20-25 minutes to make!
Give it a try if you would like something unique and delicious, but fast and easy.

  • 2 lb Flank Steak or London Broil(let sit at room temperature 30 min. before searing!)
  • Kosher Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Herbs De Provence, to taste
  • 2 c. Beef Stock
  • 1 Russet Potato, Peeled and cubed
  • 3 Anjou Pears, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 T. Butter
  • 3 T. Heavy Cream
  • 1 Carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion, finely diced
  • 1 Anjou Pear,peeled and finely diced
  • 3/4 c. Pancetta, finely diced
For the Steak: Coat both sides of the steak liberally with salt, pepper, and the herbs. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the Flank steak and sear on both sides. Cook to medium rare or medium. *flank steak is best cooked to this degree. Any more done and it will be tough.
Remove the steak from the pan and tent with foil on a plate. Let the steak rest for 5-10 minutes. To serve: Slice on an angle into thin strips, going against the grain.

For the glaze: Pour the stock into a small saucepan and heat to simmering. Let it continue to simmer until it is reduced to about 1/4 c. Remove from heat. The glaze should be thick and syrupy. You only need a little bit to accent the dish.

For the Pear Puree: Add the cubed pear and potato to a large saucepan and cover with water. Heat on the stove until the water is boiling. Continue to cook the potato and pear until they are both tender. Drain the cooking water off of the pear and potato and put back on medium heat. Let the dish cook until all the remaining liquid is cooked off. Remove the pan from the stove and add the butter, cream, and salt to taste. Using an immersion blender, puree the mixture until it is smooth and creamy. Keep warm until service.

For the Pancetta Hash: Heat a saute pan to medium high and add the pancetta. Cook for 2 minutes, then add in the carrot, onion, and pear. Saute the mixture until the ingredients begin to caramelize. The carrot should be soft.

To serve: Spoon the pear puree onto the plate and top with several thin slices of beef. Spoon the hash across the center of the dish and then drizzle the glaze around the edges. Enjoy!!!

A few tips:
  1. You should be able to cook all the dishes at once, as long as you have a stove with four burners. Keep items that are finished cooking before others warm in an oven set to 170 degrees.
  2. If you can not find or do not have an Herbs De Provence mixture, use a blend of thyme and oregano.
  3. When making this dish during the Fall season, substitute the carrot for sweet potato or squash to make the most of Autumns vegetables!


  1. Great blog Kayley, I came over here from Kims blog. Good luck with yours. I am loving your photography.

  2. Thank you, Jan!

    Isn't Kim's blog great!? She makes amazing things.

    Thanks for your comment!

  3. We made this tonight using venison! It was absolutely FABULOUS. Now, I want to know your secret in preparation, because it took me at least an hour to dice everything. Once it was all cut and ready to go, 20-25 minutes to cook! My picky eater said, "You know there are vegetables in it, but you just don't care!" Thank you!!!

  4. Galynn, that is so awesome that you tried this dish out! And even more so that you used venison! Where did you find it?

    As for the prep, I use pre-diced pancetta with cuts a lot of time out.
    Also, when you cube the potato and pear, leave the pear cubes very large because they don't need much softening from the cooking.

    I love your picky eaters comment! I wish my daughter thought the same thing!