Lemon and basil combine nicely into a pesto topping for steaks.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 steaks
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Chop 4 garlic cloves in a food processor until minced. Add the basil and pine nuts, and pulse a few times to combine. With the food processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides. Place the Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes into the food processor, and pulse until blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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  • Rub the flat iron steaks with 2 cloves minced garlic, season to taste with salt and pepper, then set aside. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil grate.

  • Grill the steaks to desired degree of doneness on preheated grill, about 4 minutes per side for medium. Baste the steaks occasionally with a little of the pesto sauce. Once done, serve topped with the remaining pesto.

Nutrition Facts

569 calories; protein 40.1g 80% DV; carbohydrates 3.5g 1% DV; fat 44.2g 68% DV; cholesterol 121.9mg 41% DV; sodium 212.6mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2008
Perfect pesto! For anyone worried about or having trouble with pesto falling off or burning on their steaks I marinated my steaks in about 2T pesto (don't worry you'll have plenty for topping) loosened with a splash of lemon and olive oil. You can shake the excess off - or not I didn't - when you're ready to grill. Awesome. Thanks for the recipe!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/12/2010
The homemade pesto was excellent; a huge hit. But if you've never had flat iron steak let me warn you it is a disgusting cut of beef. There were weird dice- sized chunks of gristle scattered throughout. It was revolting. I wouldn't feed a flat iron steak to my worst enemy's dog. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2008
Perfect pesto! For anyone worried about or having trouble with pesto falling off or burning on their steaks I marinated my steaks in about 2T pesto (don't worry you'll have plenty for topping) loosened with a splash of lemon and olive oil. You can shake the excess off - or not I didn't - when you're ready to grill. Awesome. Thanks for the recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2008
This was excellent! The only changes I made was to add an extra clove of garlic to the pesto and cut the lemon juice to 2 tsp because I didn't want it to be too tart. The garlic rubbed on the meat didn't do much good; it burned off while the meat was cooking but that's a small quibble. My husband and I loved this. I served it with sliced tomatoes and roasted cauliflower. Thanks for the recipe desi! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2009
We made this and were pleasantly surprised! We don't typically like pesto but I have to admit it was very good AND very quick and easy to make! Since it was still cold out we made it on the stove and used flank steak instead of the flat iron. Worked great with the flank steak. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/12/2010
The homemade pesto was excellent; a huge hit. But if you've never had flat iron steak let me warn you it is a disgusting cut of beef. There were weird dice- sized chunks of gristle scattered throughout. It was revolting. I wouldn't feed a flat iron steak to my worst enemy's dog. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2008
Very nice twist on pesto! Next time I think I will try it with a dash of chili oil instead of the crushed red pepper flakes. I think it might mix in a little better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2010
Loved it 5 Stars all the way thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2011
I am rating this bc I only made the lemon pesto. I was looking for a good pesto..YUM!! I don't like heavy garlic so I only used 2 cloves and it was plenty. Why didn't I think of adding a little lemon juice before?!? It adds brightness to the taste and keeps that wonderful green color..I will always add it now! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2010
I cooked these on the George Foreman and just topped the steak with the pesto. It was very good! I didn't actually measure anything except the olive oil and it turned out wonderfuly! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2010
I loved this in every way. I don't usually put red pepper flakes in my pesto but that little bit of heat was great. Read More
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