Pita Pocket Burger with Creamed Spinach and Caramelized Onions

Braised Steak w/ Balsamic Fruit Reduction and Caramelized Onions

This is the follow up recipe to my Garlic Seasoned French Fries with Chili Lemon Ranch Dip.  If you read that recipe, you can tell this night of cooking was about fun and not about proper plating technique.  That followed right into the steak dish of this Steak and Potatoes. . . mash-up, where I decided to slice each little steak tender differently and plate differently also.  The star of this dish is the sauce, and the onions – two completely separate embodiments of sweetness that help with the lack of tenderness usually associated with Round Steaks.

Accompanied by Caramelized Onions
Photography by Corey White


  • 1lb Eye of Round Steaks
  • 1 Can Coca Cola
  • 1/3-1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1-2 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Vidalia or Sweet Yellow Onion, Large
  • 2 Plums, Skinned and Pitted
  • 1/2 Cup Raspberries
  • 1/2 Cup Blackberries
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Onion Flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 2 x 1 Tbsp Butter



  1. Pull out the coke and the butter to come to room temperature
  2. Season all the steaks with a pinch of salt and pepper on each, trim any fat off the cuts
  3. Put the steaks in a ziplock bag, add the can of coca cola and let sit for 30 minutes on the counter so the meat can tenderize and come to room temperature
  4. Finely mince your berries and plums until they’re as paste like as you can get them.  I recommend using a food processor if you have one, but I did these by hand
  5. Remove the meat from the liquid, set liquid aside and pat steaks dry with paper towel
  6. If you have a meat tenderizer, pound the meat on both sides for 20 seconds per steak, if not put them in another ziplock and pound with a rolling pin or your fists.  Don’t make them thinner than a 1/4′
  7. Lay out the steaks and season again with salt, pepper, minced onion, and garlic powder
  8. Slice your onion into semi-thin slices, no thinner than an 1/8′ though
  9. Heat a medium sized pan to medium high heat
  10. Add 1 tbsp butter and allow to melt until it becomes frothy, bordering turning brown
  11. Add your onions
  12. Stir, and season with salt and pepper
  13. Continue stirring and occasionally adding 1 tsp of butter or water(guess which I used!) as they start sticking
  14. They’ll take about 15-20 minutes to get really good and caramelized
  15. After about 15 minutes I always add 1 tsp of water because it spreads the brown color through all the onion and helps sauce up their texture (personal preference though)
  16. Pour your balsamic vinegar and the fruit in a medium size sauce pot over medium high heat
  17. bring to a boil and reduce til you have a syrupy 1/4 cup
  18. Add Coca-Cola marinade liquid and stir until combined
  19. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat
  20. Sear off your steaks, 2-3 minutes per side, then set aside
  21. Pour the Coca-Cola liquid into the pan your seared the steaks in and deglaze the pan with a wooden spoon, getting up all the golden brown beefy goodness
  22. Add the Worcestershire sauce
  23. Bring to a boil and add the steak
  24. Reduce heat to medium low and cover
  25. Cook 5-7 minutes
  26. Remove steaks and let rest for 5 minutes
  27. Turn liquid to a high boil, for the remaining 5 minutes until it’s reduced slightly and is sauce-like
  28. Using a super sharp serrated knife, slice the steak as thin as you can, it should be a nice medium-rare
  29. The easiest way to serve would be to place down 5-7 thin slices of beef, top with about 2 tsp of caramelized onions and drizzle with 1tsp of the sauce.  I did four different plating methods so do whatever you want.


I hope you really like this dish, it’s another one that’s perfect for a date night or just something playful to make with some friends.  Let me know your thoughts and be sure to spread the word!  There need to be more people Eating in Bed already!


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