Steak Sandwiches {Perfect Superbowl Recipe!}

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I am on a roll with the cooking lately!  Woo hoo!   Which is BIG for me.   My husband wonders what has gotten into me, but he knows better than to ask any questions.

I started the “I Hate to Cook” series last week and asked people to send me EASY recipes to try.   Kathleen from Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice sent me this awesome recipe that I tried out with my fellow non-cooking girlfriend and our families last weekend.   It’s a yummy recipe for Grilled Steak & Arugula Sandwiches.  They were amazing.  Plus, it passed my dummy test (if I can make it anyone can!)   I thought it would make a good post for this week, as these would be awesome to serve at a Superbowl party.

We also added one thing to the recipe – caramelized onions.  My first time making those.  Super easy + such a great addition to a sandwich, steak or burger.

Easy dinner number 2:

Grilled Flank Steak & Arugula Sandwiches
with Carmelized Onions

You will need:

1 pound flank steak (or any other steak of your choosing)
1/8 cup good olive oil for brushing the steak
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
8 ounces baby arugula
1 chunk good Parmesan cheese grated or shaved (about 4 ounces)
1 LARGE roll of Soft French Bread

2 large white, brown or yellow onions
2 pinches of sugar


You can do the carmelized onions early because they can sit and cool prior to serving.

Cut the onions into little rainbow-shaped slivers.  Meanwhile, heat a decent amount (around 2 – 3 TBSP) of olive oil on medium high in a skillet.  Let it get nice and hot then add in your onions.

Turn and turn and turn them, or if you are fancy and can flip them in the skillet, go for it.  I am a beginner and not there yet!   Keep turning or flipping so the olive oil coats them.  You will let them sit for a minute or so periodically throughout the cooking so they get brown, but be careful not to let them sit on one side for too long or you risk burning them.

We cooked them for about 20 – 25 minutes to let them get nice and brown like this:

Then, turn heat down to medium and sprinkle about 2 pinches of sugar all over and then turn. Cook for about 5 more minutes and then remove from heat.  Put in a bowl and they are ready to serve!


For those of you that don’t cook like me and get confused in the meat section, this is the type of meat we bought.  It said very clearly on the label, “Beef Flank Steak.”

Remove from package and give the meat a good coating of olive oil, sat and pepper on both sides.   We did a little mixture that also included a little garlic salt too.  Yummy.

Heat pan to medium high heat.

Ours was too big for one pan, so we cut it in half and cooked them in two separate pans.

Cook for about 5 – 10 minutes on one side depending on how thick they are, then flip.  It only took about 5 ish minutes for ours. Around 12 minutes total to cook to a perfect medium rare.   If you use a meat thermometer, it should reach 125 degrees in the center.

Take the cooked steaks, place on a clean plate and wrap in tin foil to let rest.

In the meantime, add slices of bread to the SAME pan to grill and get nice and toasty.  Awesome idea Kathleen!


This sauce was super yummy and so easy.  You can do this while the meat is cooking.  Mix 1/2 cup Dijon mustard, 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp Kosher salt & 1/2 tsp black pepper in a little bowl.  Wash and arrange arugula and put shaved parm in separate bowls.

{Photo above and steak photo below both by Kathleen of Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice.}


Cut the flank steak in thin slices against the grain.

After it is cut, get your toasty bread and pile on the steak, Dijon sauce, arugula, carmelized onions and shaved parmesan for ONE AMAZING sandwich!

The guys were in heaven.  SOOOOOOOO tasty!  If you have leftover steak (doubtful) you can use leftovers later in the week in a steak salad, tacos, more sandwiches, what have you.

It felt SO awesome learning how to actually grill a flank steak! And it was truly SO easy!


If you have an EASY EASY EASY go-to weeknight dinner recipe – one you think even I could do – please send it to me at and I will feature your blog / recipe on my site after I give it the dummy test (me being the dummy) to see if I can make it.  And to see if I can not only make it, but if it is edible.   Because if I can do it, anyone can.

Happy cooking (..not hating it!)

Click here for more amazing recipes on Kathleen’s blog Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice!


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  1. 1
    A Nana says:

    They look wonderful! We get our flank steaks at Costco. They come 2-3 a package so are a little smaller. They’re really good quality.

  2. 2
    Kathleen says:

    Jen! You did such an amazing job, pat yourself on the back. And the onion addition: BRILLIANT. -kat

  3. 3
    Ducci's says:

    truly this is so delicious and so easy!!!!!!!

  4. 4
    April says:

    Oooo…yummy. They look like the perfect solution to those busy nights where u just don’t have time to cook! Sounds great with a blu-cheese dressing. Yummmmm….

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