Grilled Beef, Pear & Blue Cheese Flatbread

by Kate on June 11, 2015

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When it comes to our weeknight dinners, I tend to get bored if I make the same things week in and week out so I make sure to change things up frequently. Sometimes this kitchen creativity is met with resistance by the picky eaters who live with me. But to my surprise Maddy, the pickiest of eaters has a newfound love of blue cheese. So before she could change her mind, I ran with it and made this Grilled Beef, Pear & Blue Cheese Flatbread!

I don’t know about you but chances are, if you’re a parent then you’ve experienced picky eating. In our family of five, three of them are fairly picky. HB and I will try anything and love most everything while my husband and the little ones are less experimental when it comes to their food choices. Recently I was making a salad and Maddy inquired, “What’s that funky looking stuff?” while pointing to a container of blue cheese crumbles destined for salad greatness. When it comes to cheese she usually sticks to safe choices like American and mozzarella, although she does have an affinity for goat’s cheese.

Grilled Steak, Pear & Blue Cheese Flatbread - FoodBabbles.comI told her it was called blue cheese and asked if she would like to try it. She scrunched up her nose and contemplated this cheese with the colorful name. I waited for the rejection then, much to my surprise she opted in and had her first try of blue cheese. I personally have loathed blue cheese for most of my life unless is was hidden in the twice baked potatoes my mother used to make for me. It was only within the last two years or so that I came to truly appreciate this particularly moldy, stinky cheese. But my middle child, my most picky eater, SHE of all people likes something that took me 35 years to come to truly appreciate.

In light of this new food my daughter had just enjoyed, I wanted to use blue cheese in a weeknight dinner before she changed her mind. When it comes to preparing dinners for my family I like to have hearty variety. We aren’t a family that makes the same couple of meals each week. Grilling is one of my favorite ways to quickly prepare dinner for my hungry brood. Pizza is a family favorite, of course. What kid doesn’t like pizza? For that matter, what husband doesn’t like a good slice of pizza? So I knew exactly what to do.

I have been loving the recent food trend of flatbreads. Thin, pizza-like creations with endless topping options that are perfect for serving as an appetizer while entertaining guests or in this case, as an easy weeknight dinner. Grilling the flatbread dough, some tender red anjou pears and a lean NY strip steak made all the elements for this flatbread come together quickly. In no time at all, everything was ready to be assembled into flatbread deliciousness.Grilled Steak, Pear & Blue Cheese Flatbread - FoodBabbles.comA smooth, creamy blue cheese sauce tops the grilled dough and cradles peppery arugula, grilled pears and juicy lean beef. This flatbread made a quick, easy family meal that was enjoyed by all and Maddy is squarely situated on the blue cheese bandwagon now. This recipe is perfection just that way it is with its balance of savory ingredients and a touch of sweetness atop thin, tender dough but there are countless ways to change this recipe up.

No time for making dough? Use a store-bought flatbread or naan. Add shavings of pecorino romano or aged parmesan on top. I think a drizzle of balsamic glaze over those beautiful arugula greens and tender slices of steak would be a brilliant finishing touch. Next time I’m already planning to use grilled peaches instead of pears. Channel your inner Julia Child and feel free to let your creative culinary juices flow!

Enjoy!

~K

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Grilled Beef, Pear & Blue Cheese Flatbread

1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 2 flatbreads

Grilled Beef, Pear & Blue Cheese Flatbread

Tender grilled dough topped with creamy blue cheese sauce, peppery arugula, tender sweet pears and juicy steak. This is an appetizer or dinner that will wow!

Ingredients

    For Crust:
  • 2 1/2-3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup water, warm
  • For Flatbread:
  • 10 ounce NY strip steak
  • 1 red Anjou pear, halved, cored and sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups arugula
  • olive oil for grilling
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

    Make Dough:
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour, the yeast and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil and water. Add the olive oil/water to the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture begins to come together.
  2. Sprinkle 1/4 cup flour onto a work surface and begin to knead the dough. If necessary, add more flour 1/4 cup at a time until a soft, smooth dough is achieved and it will hold a fingertip impression when poked. You may not need to use all the flour to achieve the desired consistency. Do not add too much flour, as this will effect the final dough.
  3. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, turning to lightly coat on all sides. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Grill:
  5. Heat grill to high.
  6. Punch down dough and split into two pieces. Form into two thin 8-inch circles or rectangles. Brush both sides of the dough circles with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  7. Brush steak with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Place dough on grill. Grill 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown on both sides.
  9. Place steak on grill. Grill about 5 minutes per side or until medium-rare doneness. Remove from grill and cover lightly with foil. Rest 10 minutes before cutting. Slice thinly.
  10. Place pears on grill and grill each side until grill marks show and pears are tender.
  11. **Note: All grilling can be done simultaneously.
  12. Prepare Sauce:
  13. In a small sauce pan, heat heavy cream just until it begins to simmer and steam rises off the top of the cream. Stir in 6 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles until a smooth sauce forms. Stir in 1/4 black pepper.
  14. Assembly:
  15. Divide blue cheese sauce evenly between the two flatbreads. Top each with 1 cup arugula. Divide the steak and pears between the two flatbreads. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles.
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ChristineM June 12, 2015 at 5:10 pm

I love flatbreads….. good combo of toppings, and I love bleu cheese!

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Kate June 13, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Thanks! It was super tasty. Some of my favorite flavors all in one delicious place.

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