Sheet Pan Dinner: Hanger Steak with Mushrooms and Carrots

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Sheet Pan Dinner - Richly-flavored-melt-in-your-mouth-perfectly-cooked hanger steak (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
Richly-flavored-melt-in-your-mouth-perfectly-cooked hanger steak (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

How to create a sheet pan hanger steak recipe when things don’t go as planned? Well, these things happen and I don’t mind. Cooking is an adventure and, for me, it starts at the market when I see something that catches my eye. 

 

Plan A

The other day it happened to be a nice hanger steak, sitting on a shelf in the beef section, looking up at me and whispering, “Grill me.” I love hanger steak, and before I could answer with a resounding yes, it was in my shopping basket. 

 

How do you get a hanger steak? A rich-flavored rib eye steak has a baby with a mouth-tender beef tenderloin, that’s how 😂

 

Grilling it is today! Let’s get some vegetables and we are good to go. It’s winter but who cares. It will be nice and warm working at the grill with some real hardwood, creating that magic flavor only real wood can provide. 

 

I paid and happily left the store. On my way to the car, it started to rain. It was too warm to snow. I wasn’t thinking about the weather when I picked up the hanger steak. Checking the forecast now, it promised to rain steadily all day long. Bummer. There goes my plan to build a fire with hardwood and grilling the steak and vegetables outside. 

Sheet Pan Dinner - Plan A was a wash-out (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
Plan A was a wash-out (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

Plan B

Ok, no problem. I once read that you can use cooling racks in the oven as nifty grilling racks by putting them upside down on a sheet pan. 

 

So why not cook the vegetables on a sheet pan simultaneously with the hanger steak? I can broil the steak on an upside-down cooling rack, positioned right above the vegetables. The meat drippings will surely do wonders for the vegetable’s flavors. Put the vegetables on a rimmed sheet pan, the steak on the upside down cooling rack, and in it goes… or not.

 

At this point, Viana walked into the kitchen and asked me if it was safe to use cooling racks for broiling, and I cooly nodded that it is. Well, kind of. They are NOT safe to use if they are coated with a non-stick material. They will melt. And mine were black, coated with a non-stick material. They would have melted. Please make sure yours are not coated before attempting this recipe. 

 

Plan C

Luckily, we remembered that last summer we purchased a small grilling rack for vegetables and other foods that would otherwise fall through the grilling grates. This rack is heat resistant and comes with handles that are the perfect height for the meat not to touch the vegetables. Phew… 

 

Preparation

This beauty uses five ingredients plus salt and pepper. First, make sure you really dry the meat with paper towels. This will help to get a good sear when broiling. Next, season the meat with Maldon sea salt (either immediately before broiling or at least 40 minutes before) and freshly cracked black pepper. I probably use about a teaspoon each on each side of the meat. I believe that most home cooks don’t use enough salt when it comes to meat, especially beef. 

Sheet Pan Dinner (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
(Photo by Erich Boenzli)

Arrange your oven rack so that the meat will be about 6 inches from the broiler. Then, preheat oven to 500℉. 

 

Clean the mushrooms with a paper towel and chop into 1/2” pieces. Peel the carrots and chop to a similar size. Toss in a bowl with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, add Worcestershire sauce and mix everything. Try it. It might sound a little weird to add a “meat sauce” on vegetables, but oh boy, what a flavor boost it creates. 

 

Place mixture onto a rimmed sheet pan, add the (slightly oiled) “cooling rack” upside down on top, and add the steak.

 

Put your little architectural set up (carefully) in the oven. After about 6 minutes, turn the meat. It’s okay if you hear it sizzle and it smells incredible when you open the oven door.

Sheet Pan Dinner - Pretty cool setup, eh? (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
Pretty cool setup, eh? (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

Broil for another 6 minutes, then remove the meat and rest it on a cutting board, lightly tented with aluminum foil. If you’re not sure about the doneness of your steak, I really encourage you to buy a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature.  I like my steak medium-rare, so I remove it when the temperature reaches 130°F at the thickest part. The internal temperature will increase another few degrees while it’s resting. 

Sheet Pan Dinner - Just taking a peek at the resting meat... (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
Just taking a peek at the resting meat… (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

Leave the vegetables in the oven for another 10 minutes or until they reach the softness you like. Use a fork to test them. I like mine a little bit crunchy. A better description would be “al dente.” I’m not sure if this can be applied to vegetables, but you know what I mean. 

 

Cut the hanger steak in slices against the grain and plate together with vegetables.

Sheet Pan Dinner - Garlic Herb Compound Butter (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
Garlic Herb Compound Butter (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

If you are a regular reader of my recipes, then you know what should come next: add your homemade chimichurri and enjoy. But because it’s cold and wet outside and I feel like changing things up a bit, I made my other favorite steak topper: homemade garlic herb compound butter. Yeah, baby, now we’re talking!

 

Add a couple slices of garlic herb compound butter on top of the steak. If you have some parsley handy, add some to make the plate look pretty. 

 

This dish can be paired with red or white wine. An ice cold beer goes nicely with this dish, as well. Heck, even an ice cold cola would do.

 

Moral of this Story

I can’t come up with one. Cooking is fun. Be creative. Challenge yourself. 

Sheet Pan Dinner - Plan C worked out excellent (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
Plan C worked out excellent (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

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Sheet Pan Dinner - Plan C worked out excellent (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

Sheet Pan Dinner: Hanger Steak with Mushrooms and Carrots

Creative, delicious sheet pan dinner with only 5 ingredients, plus salt & pepper. Hanger steak with mushrooms and carrots. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

Sheet Pan Hanger Steak and Vegetables

  • 1 lb hanger steak, trimmed if necessary
  • 2 c (8 oz) carrots, 1/2” slices
  • 2 c (8 oz) mushrooms, depending on size, roughly cut
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt and black pepper for the steak, a pinch each for vegetables
  • 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Parsley for garnish (optional)

Garlic Herb Compound Butter (optional)

  • 1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sage, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper (or more to taste)

Instructions
 

Hanger Steak and Vegetables

  • Place oven rack at a position so that the meat will end up 6 inches under the broiler
  • Preheat oven to broil (500°F)
  • Dry meat with paper towels. Season generously with salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Clean the mushrooms with a paper towel and roughly chop
  • Peel the carrots and chop into 1/2“ slices
  • Toss vegetables in a bowl with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, add Worcestershire sauce, and mix everything
  • Place mixture onto a rimmed sheet pan, add the (slightly oiled) “cooling rack” upside down on top, and add the steak. Put your little architectural set up (carefully) in the oven.
  • After about 6 minutes, turn the meat.
  • Broil for another 6 minutes, check for desired temperature with a meat thermometer, then remove the meat and rest it on a cutting board, lightly tented with aluminum foil.  I like my steak medium-rare, so I remove it when the temperature reaches 130°F.
  • Leave the vegetables in the oven for another 10 minutes or until they reach the softness you like. Use a fork to test them.
  • Cut the hanger steak in slices against the grain and plate together with vegetables
  • Add a couple slices of garlic herb compound butter on top of the steak. If you have some parsley handy, add some to make the plate look pretty.

Garlic Herb Compound Butter (optional)

  • Mash the softened butter in a bowl with a fork
  • Add parsley, sage, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix together with butter using a fork
  • Spoon the butter onto a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper
  • Roll into a log and twist the ends
  • Chill for at least 2 hours in the fridge

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