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Spice Rubbed Hanger Steak

Spice Rubbed Hanger Steak


  • 1 tablespoon dried pomegranate seeds

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

  • 2 pounds hanger steak, trimmed of excess fat and silverskin

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled

  • 1/4 cup fruity olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  • 1 cup Cerignola olives, pitted and coarsely chopped, or other meaty, fresh, green olives

  • Grated fresh horseradish

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives


Pre-heat the grill to high or light a medium fire in a charcoal grill. Combine the pomegranate seeds, coriander, fennel seeds, and sesame seeds in a mixing bowl. Season the steak generously with salt and pepper, rub thoroughly with the spice mixture, and set aside. Cut the potatoes into 1-inch pieces, place in a large pot, and cover with cold water; add enough kosher salt until the water tastes like sea water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and simmer until the potatoes are cooked through and creamy, about 20 minutes. Grill the steak over high heat, turning frequently to char evenly; I like to serve my hanger steak slightly on the rare side, about 8 minutes on a hot grill. Once you’ve cooked the steak to your liking, set it aside to rest. Meanwhile, while the steak is grilling, drain the potatoes, then crush them roughly with a potato masher, mixing in the olive oil as you mash. Fold in the olives, horseradish to taste, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. With a sharp knife, slice the steak diagonally against the grain, which makes it a little less chewy. Serve the steak on a bed of the potatoes on a large platter, and finish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of chives.