Dry Rub Seasoned Flank Steak

Eastern European Jewish immigrants brought the spice mix to Montreal and it became the foundation of the famous smoked meat sandwich. This recipe shows how flexible the mixture is as it brings a punch to an easy open-face sandwich. Serves 6.

  • 3 pounds flank or skirt steak
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons Montreal Steak Seasoning spice mix
  • 1 baguette, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to brush baguette
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and cut into ribbons
  • 3 large cloves garlic, 2 minced, 1 to rub baguette

Rub steak with seasoning on all sides and let sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes. (Cut steak into two pieces before marinating if needed to fit grill pan.) Meanwhile, heat grill pan until smoking hot. Cook steak 5 minutes per side. Remove from pan and let rest for 10 minutes. Brush baguette slices with olive oil and toast in grill pan, Rub toasted slices with garlic. Set aside. In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add kale and garlic and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender. To assemble, pile sautéed kale on baguette. Slice steak across the grain and place on top of kale.

Montreal Steak Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon crushed black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dill seed, lightly crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper

Combine all ingredients and store in a cool, dry place. Makes about 6 tablespoons.