I hope you are having a lovely holiday season! Hubs and I are so enjoying being with all the kids. There is truly nothing better. Once the kids leave, you relish any time you spend with them! We had the best visit with my family on Long Island and now we are in Utah with Hubs’s family. I will pray for good snow but mild temps! I’m such a wimp. If you want a super impressive and delicious main dish for a night in or for a New Year’s dinner, I have you covered. I served this Mushroom Wellington at a dinner party last year, and I couldn’t believe how everyone went crazy for it – even the carnivores!Continue reading
If you didn’t notice that Thanksgiving is basically around the corner, I am here to remind you! I am teaching a Thanksgiving bootcamp starting next week (!) which will get you so prepared, you will actually be EXCITED and LOOKING FORWARD to hosting and enjoying the Thanksgiving of your dreams. For my community, I always like to entice you with a good discount. Take $100 off with code TDAY100. You don’t have to watch live. I have payment plans available. You don’t have to use PayPal. You can watch the videos over and over and over again. You can ask me any and all questions. I’m like your personal Thanksgiving consultant until the day of. Menu suggestions, how to deal with different types of eating styles, limited resources in the kitchen, no oven, how to deal with the worst in-laws ever. Just kidding! Sign up today. We are going to have so much fun and you’ll be able to use these tips and systems forever!Continue reading
Why is it that I don’t like meat, but I can handle meatballs? Maybe because it doesn’t resemble actual meat? Most people, both kids and adults, like meatballs. I have made many meatball-related recipes in my classes, and they are always quick favorites. I grew up thinking a meatball was only something simmered in a marinara (tomato) sauce and served with pasta. And it usually is, but there are Mexican-flavored meatballs in albondigas soup, sweet and sour meatballs, Swedish meatballs and Greek meatballs, so why can’t there be Asian-flavored meatballs? Indeed there can be.
When I came up with this recipe, they didn’t go into a soup or in a rice and veggie bowl, although those would be great ways to enjoy the meatballs. I served them taco-style, in a big lettuce leaf with crunchy cabbage and a spicy sauce. My family went nuts and the mamas in my classes all ran home to make these for their kiddos. I received lots of great feedback, so I am confident you will receive rave reviews.
Such a bold claim I am making today with this flank steak recipe! But that’s what Mr. Picky himself declared when I made this the first time many years ago. And that’s what my nieces and nephews say when I cook this up for my family in the summertime. As you know, I actually don’t even eat red meat, but I have tried this and I have to admit… it’s delicious! I figured with Memorial Day weekend coming up (so excited to have a long weekend!), you might have invited a few friends over and are looking for the perfect grilled steak recipe. This is it right here. I also taught this in my classes a couple years ago and everyone loved it. The ingredients are simple, you marinate it in the morning and it cooks up very quickly on the grill. The marinade is what makes it so delicious and I especially love marinating grass-fed meat with a little soy sauce or tamari which really helps tenderize it. Yum!
As opposed to me, my family loves beef, so I do cook it for them a few times a month. I have talked about why I don’t think we should be overeating red meat on the blog before, and I have discussed my reasons for ONLY choosing grass-fed beef when I do buy it. My opinion hasn’t changed at all. When I do make animal protein for the family, it’s a small amount, usually 2-4 ounces. Yes, even my husband eats that amount. And if grass-fed isn’t available, I won’t buy corn-fed. So if you’re going to eat beef — not a lot and make it grass-fed!
I have made this recipe two different ways. In my classes, I pre-sliced the flank steak and marinated it already cut. The advantage of this method is that it cooks super fast, about a minute per side and the marinade really gets throughout the meat. If you’ve read my post about how to reduce your carcinogens when you grill, you’ll also remember one of the best strategies is to grill thin cuts so exposure to the grill is kept at a minimum. Also, pre-cut meat is easier to serve during a cooking class because I don’t have to slice the meat when hungry people are waiting. If you like rare beef however, you’re better off grilling the whole steak, letting it rest and then slicing it before serving.
Whichever way you prepare it, here a few reminders about cooking steak:
flank steak can be hard to find because there aren’t too many “flanks” on a cow. Other acceptable subs are skirt steak, flap steak, or hanger steak.
don’t over marinate a thin cut like flank steak. This marinade contains soy sauce which can make the meat mushy if you leave it in too long (like more than 12 hours.)
grass-fed contains less fat and therefore cooks more quickly;
grass-fed doesn’t stay as tender if it’s cooked well-done. My answer for well-done grass-fee meat is to pour the juices from the cutting board on top of the meat and also serve it with a dressing or sauce to add moisture.
take the meat out of the fridge 30 minutes before to bring it to room temp so it cooks evenly;
always allow the cooked meat to rest, covered, for about 10 minutes before slicing so the juices redistribute themselves into the meat. Don’t allow to rest too long, otherwise it will overcook (unless you want it well-done).
always cut against the grain for a more tender bite. Look at the naturals lines in the meat and cut in the opposite direction. If you cut with the grain, the meat will be chewy.
2 ½ pounds (or whatever you can get) grass-fed beef flank steak, cut across the grain on a diagonal into 1-inch thick slices or left whole (marinating can be longer if the steak is whole)
In a large, shallow dish, combine the soy sauce with the sugar, white wine, chopped garlic, toasted sesame oil olive oil and crushed red pepper, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the sliced flank steak and coat thoroughly in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate the steak for 4 hours or up to 8 hours.
Heat a grill or a griddle over medium-high heat. Working in batches, grill the steak until the slices are browned and medium-rare, about 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer the steak to a serving platter and serve immediately.
OR grill the whole steak for 2 ½ to 3 minutes on each side for medium-rare. 4 minutes on each side for medium-well. Transfer meat to a cutting board and cover. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing AGAINST the grain. Serve.
*You can use 1 Tablespoon of sesame oil and omit the olive oil + add a little chopped fresh ginger for a more Asian flavor.