Flat iron steak is a newish cut in America that has become popular at posh restaurants. There are only 4 flat iron steaks per cow, so it’s not a cut that you can often find at supermarkets (though Safeway sell them pre-packaged). They were on sale for $4 lb at Lucky’s this week so I bought some for dinner. Mika loved them. Though they had a thick piece of connecting tissue in the middle, the steaks themselves are very tender. They are not terribly flavorful, however, though a good sauce can take care of that. At $4 lb, they are a great alternative to filet mignon.
I grilled them on the BBQ grill outside and they are quick and easy to prepare: pre-heat the grill on medium-high, salt & pepper the steaks, brush with olive oil, grill on each side for 4 minutes for medium rare, let rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
I’ll definitely buy this cut again when it’s available at this price.