Steak Sandwiches with Fennel Slaw

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This open-faced wonder comes together quick and easy when you plan ahead—a little strategy we call nextovers. Fresh fennel adds crunch against thinly sliced steak and pillowy focaccia.

Makes 2 open-face sandwiches


    • 1 chilled leftover steak (from Pan-Roasted Steak with Crispy Broccoli)
    • 1 small fennel bulb, very thinly sliced, plus coarsely torn fronds
    • 1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced, rinsed
    • 1/4 cup leftover cilantro salsa verde (from Pan-Roasted Steak with Crispy Broccoli)
    • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 sandwich-size piece focaccia, split lengthwise, toasted
    • 4 Tbsp. mayonnaise


    1. Slice steak against the grain into as-thin-as-you-can-get-them strips (this is much easier to do when the steak is cold). Transfer to a large bowl and let sit at room temperature while you make the slaw. If you have time, slice the steak before you start cooking; an hour is ideal to completely take off the chill.
    2. Toss sliced fennel, red onion, salsa verde, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1 Tbsp. fennel fronds in a large bowl to combine. Season slaw with a few grinds of pepper and toss again.
    3. Spread cut sides of focaccia with 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise each; transfer to plates. Divide steak between bread and crown each sandwich with a big handful of slaw. (You may have a small amount left—nibble on it or serve on the side.) Top sandwiches with more fennel fronds and sprinkle with salt.

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