Dinner of champions

When the heat hits, we do everything possible not to turn on the oven! During the winter months, the manfriend cooks a roast chicken at least once a week. Nobody, I mean nobody, can roast a chicken like that guy. It’s like his signature dish. But we won’t be having it (unless he starts doing it on the grill) for at least the next 3 months. Instead, we’ll be using the grill a TON!

The other night we had a lovely meal of salad greens and radishes from the garden, sauteed kale, and marinated flank steak. This recipe for marinated flank steak has been a family fave for years. I can take no credit, it came from my mom. I have no idea where she got it from. It’s like that with some recipes.

  • Buy a hunk of flank steak (size doesn’t matter). It’s a pretty affordable cut of meat because it’s pretty tough. You usually need to marinate it or cook it for quite a while to make it tender.
  • Trim the fat off of the meat and cut hash marks (against the grain of the meat) in the meat – one way, then turn the meat 45% and do this again. This scoring allows the marinade to work it’s way into the meat and help make it tender.
  • Next, make the marinade:
  1. 1 cup of soy sauce (we use tamari because it has no wheat)
  2. 1 cup of sugar (yikes! We use cane sugar)
  3. 1 cup of red wine
  4. 1 TBS ground ginger
  5. 2 crushed garlic pods
  • Pour the marinade over the steak (I do this in a Ziploc, my mom has this nifty marinade Tupperware thing) and put in the fridge. I try to marinate this over night so the flavors really infuse. Whatever you do, flip the meat over here and there so both sides of the meat get a good bath.
  • When you’re ready to grill, poor off the marinade in a pan. If you heat it to boiling, you’ll kill off the nasties and can use this as a gravy of sorts.
  • Grill the meat to your desired temp. Note: the end pieces will definitely get well-done. If you’re looking for rare or medium-rare, you’ll really only cook this for a few minutes a side as it’s a pretty thin cut.
  • Slice the meat as seen in the photo, drizzle the sauce on and dig in!

*As a side note: do you see the grout lines in my tiled counter top!? I’d like to find the person who did this and kick them. These counter tops are the bane of my existence. The bane!

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  1. This looks tasty! Actually, I think you could make the marinade without the sugar and it would still work.


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