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Rachael's Sliced Steak with Salsa Verde and Italian Fried Green Tomatoes

Rachael's Sliced Steak with Salsa Verde and Italian Fried Green Tomatoes


For the Steaks:

  • 1½-2 pounds hanger steak or flank steak, cut into 4 portions

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil

  • 1 lemon, halved

  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley, packed

  • ½ cup mint

  • 2 large fillets anchovy

  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained

  • 2 large cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 shallot, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)

For the Fried Green Tomatoes:

  • 3 large green tomatoes, cored, tops and bottoms trimmed, 4 slices per tomato (12 slices total)

  • Salt

  • 1 cup AP flour

  • Pepper

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1 cup panko

  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano cheese (a couple of handfuls)

  • A handful of parsley, finely chopped

  • 1½ teaspoons each dried oregano and thyme (half a palmful)

  • 1 teaspoon each granulated garlic and onion

  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes

  • 1 teaspoon fennel pollen or fennel seed

  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds

  • Oil, for frying

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest, cut lemon into wedges to serve with tomatoes

  • Italian chopped pickled cherry peppers, Hoagie Spread, or sliced cherry peppers, finely chopped, for garnish


Bring steaks to room temperature, and season with salt and pepper before grilling or griddling. Heat cast-iron griddle or skillet over medium-high heat, add olive or canola oil, 2 turns of the pan, and cook steaks 8-10 minutes for medium-rare to medium doneness, adding halved lemon to skillet for last 2 minutes to caramelize. Remove steaks from pan, and let rest 5-10 minutes before slicing against the grain, then douse with juice of ½ lemon.

For salsa verde, place parsley, mint, anchovies, capers, garlic, shallot, juice of ½ lemon, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire, red chili flakes and EVOO in food processor, then pulse process into sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.

For the fried green tomatoes, arrange the sliced green tomatoes on kitchen towels or paper towels. Season with salt and let them drain 20 minutes.

Arrange breading station: flour, eggs and breadcrumbs combined with panko, cheese and remaining spices and sesame seeds. Season flour, eggs and breadcrumbs with salt and pepper. Dredge each tomato through the flour, egg and breadcrumb mixture. Heat ⅛-inch frying oil over medium-high heat, cook tomatoes 2-3 minutes on each side to deep golden brown and drain on wire rack.

Arrange sliced steak on large plates and top with salsa verde. Fan 3 fried green tomatoes alongside the steak and serve with lemon wedges and dot with finely chopped hot pickled cherry peppers.