A few weeks back, our good friend Miles came into town bringing with him 3 bottles of his very own reductions from his new company, Reduction Ready. What are reductions you may ask? Excellent question. A reduction is simply the process of thickening or intensifying the flavor of a liquid by slowly simmering. These ready-made reductions save you the time and effort of making your own so you can focus on what you do best – cooking! These reductions are an all-natural, low-cal way to add a burst of flavor to practically any dish. Selma and I were very eager to try them all out so we took the weekend to incorporate them into some of our favorite dishes.
You may recall my very first blog post (#tbt) where I made my signature steak tips and named the post “Just the [steak] tip”. Not many people know this but I was actually very close to naming the blog after that post. Fortunately, Selma had more sense than I did back in the day. That’s one of the many reasons why I keep her around 🙂
This recipe is a variation on how I usually cook my steaks but with a delicious twist courtesy of Reduction Ready. The recipe is simple, quick, and packs a whole lot of flavor.
- 1 1/2 lbs of sirloin steak tips, cut into 2 inch pieces
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 cloves of garlic, halved
- 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp of Red Wine Reduction
Bacon Balsamic Kale
- 1 lb of Kale, stems removed
- 4 strips of bacon, slices into 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 tbsp of Balsamic Reduction
- Salt and pepper
Step 1: Prep and season your steak tips generously with salt and pepper and slice your bacon strips into 1/2 inch pieces.
Step 2: Wash and dry your kale. Remove the leaves and discard the stems. These guys are pretty tough so you only want to keep the soft and tasty leaves.
Step 3: In a large pan over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until crispy and brown. Remove the bacon bits from the pan and lay on a paper towel to soak up the excess grease. Wipe any excess grease from the pan and re-heat.
Step 4: Once your pan comes back up to temperature, toss in your kale with a 1/4 cup of water, salt and pepper and cook until the leaves turn bright green and begin to wilt.
Once the kale is fully cooked, remove the pan from the heat and add in your Balsamic Reduction and bacon. Give everything a good toss to ensure that the reduction evenly coats the kale. Set aside in a warm place.
Step 5: In a separate large pan, drizzle in 2 tbsp of olive oil and heat the pan over high heat. Once the pan begins to smoke, add in your steak tips. The goal is to get a really good sear on the meat so your pan needs to be smoking (literally) hot. It’s okay to cook your meat in batches as not to crowd the pan. If you crowd the pan, your meat wont sear and you will end up boiling your steak. Gross.
Step 6: Once you’ve achieved a dark brown crust on all sides of the meat, reduce the heat to medium and add in your garlic, butter, thyme and Red Wine Reduction. Tilt the pan on its side (while still holding the pan over the burner) and spoon the sauce over the meat several times to let the flavors soak in.
Finally, plate however you like and serve immediately.
Not only is this dish incredibly easy and quick to make, it only requires a hand-full of fresh and tasty ingredients! And best of all, while not required (but highly recommended), each reduction add its own flavor and value to this dish. The deep flavors of the Red Wine Reduction complements the thyme beautifully leaving behind an amazing mouth-watering sauce for you to drizzle over the steak. The Balsamic Reduction also adds the necessary contrast in sweetness that highlights the natural flavors of the kale.
If you want to know more about Reduction Ready and where you can get your hands on some of this delicious stuff, head on over to the Reduction Ready website and take a gander. And if you use promo code FRIENDS50, you can get 50% off your entire order!!!
And with that, thanks for reading and stay tuned for more delicious Reduction Ready recipes to come!