Grilled Steak and Papaya Salad
Recipe and photo courtesy of
Food | July 2010
Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay
Show: Boy Meets Grill - Episode Surf and Turf
Papaya Dressing:

1 shallot, peeled and finely chopped
2 Thai bird chiles, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar


4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Thai bird chile, chopped
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 to 3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup peanut oil
1 1/2 pounds beef tenderloin
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Papaya Dressing, recipe follows

Place garlic, chile, soy sauce, lime juice, honey, and oil in a mini food processor and process until smooth. Place beef in a small baking dish, pour the marinade over, and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat the grill to medium-high. Remove the beef from the marinade and season it with salt and pepper. Grill meat until charred and cooked to medium-rare doneness, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from grill and let rest 10 minutes before slicing into 1/4-inch thick slices.
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
8 large red romaine lettuce leaves, cut into strips
1 bunch watercress
1 large green papaya, peeled and thinly shredded
2 carrots, peeled and thinly shredded
1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts, for garnish
Chopped cilantro, for garnish
In a small bowl, whisk together the shallot, chiles, mint, vinegar, sugar, and fish sauce. Set aside. In another bowl, toss the lettuce leaves and water- cress together and then arrange the mixture on a platter.

Combine the papaya and carrots in a medium bowl. Evenly distribute the papaya mixture over the lettuce. Drizzle with a few tablespoons of the dressing. Arrange the steak on top and drizzle steak with some more dressing. Garnish with chopped peanuts and cilantro.
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