Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Leftover Maven: Grilled Flatbread with Sirloin, Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes, and Arugula Salad

I've heard that most Americans celebrate Independence Day with hamburgers and hot dogs.  Nothing says it's July 4th for us like grilled sirloin tips, chicken breasts, potatoes, rice pilaf, Uncle John's bread, Aunt Ann's fruit salad, and Cousin Karen's chocolate chip cookies. These are perennial favorites at the annual family party.

It's always fun the next day to poke around the kitchen to see what's left and make something new.  This time around, we had some leftover sirloin tips, a bag of pizza dough, three slices of provolone cheese, and some young arugula and other salad greens from my brother-in-law's garden. Score!

I split the dough in three and made flatbread pizzas.  While the dough rested, I caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes (you have to try these!) on the grill, sliced the beef, rinsed the arugula, and a made a balsamic-olive oil dressing with a pinch of sugar to soften the slight bitterness of the arugula.

I cooked the flatbread pizzas on the grill on both sides, topped them with the tomatoes, onions, beef, and provolone and placed them back on the grill so the cheese could melt.  Topped with dressed arugula and cut into slices, these "leftovers" were delectable.

I'm definitely going to make these again.  Delish!

Note: These would be even easier to make with store-bought naan bread or even pita bread sliced in half. Roast beef would be an easy substitute for the sirloin tips as well. A great appetizer or meal.