Strip steak is marinated in pomegranate juice, balsamic vinegar and herbs and served with quinoa and more pomegranate seeds for garnish. The result is a colorful dish with great texture and vibrant flavors.

Pomegranate Steak with Quinoa
Yield: 4 servings

2 boneless beef strip steaks, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 8 ounces each)
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Pomegranate seeds
Marinade & Sauce:
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons freshly minced rosemary
2 tablespoons freshly minced thyme
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups vegetable or beef broth
1 cup thinly sliced fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts

1. Combine marinade and Sauce ingredients in medium bowl. Reserve 3/4 cup for basting sauce. Place beef steaks and remaining marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn steaks to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours.
2. Meanwhile, prepare basting sauce. Pour reserved 3/4 cup marinade into small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook 15 to 20 minutes or until reduced by half and slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
3. Cook quinoa in broth in medium saucepan according to package directions. Stir in spinach, pomegranate seeds and walnuts. Keep warm.
Remove steaks from marinade; discard marinade.
4. Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 7 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, times remain the same) for medium rare (145F) to medium (160F) doneness, turning occasionally and basting with sauce. (To cook on grill pan, heat nonstick grill pan over medium heat until hot. Place steaks on grill pan; cook 10 to 12 minutes for medium rare [145F] to medium [160F] doneness, turning occasionally and basting with sauce.)
5. Carve steaks into slices; season with salt, as desired. Place quinoa on serving platter; top with cheese. Arrange beef around quinoa. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

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