Friday, July 22, 2011

Happy Meal for The Men in Your Life!

My Hubby's (and mine too) favorite meal is Flank Steak.

We barbecued this flank steak over the 4th of July weekend.

Flank steak is a lean meat but less tender so it needs to be marinated.

But once it is marinated the steak melts in your mouth.

To have a meal taste as good as this does makes you think it is a long process.   But it's not.  After marinating the steak as instructed* grill the steak on high for five minutes per side.  Yep, just five minutes per side.  No longer than that.

Let it rest a few minutes...while you butter and season your corn on the cob.

We love corn on the cob as a side dish with the flank steak.  I microwaved the corn on the cob...this method is easy as pie.  Just wrap the corn in wax paper and microwave on high for five minutes (for two ears of corn).  Half way though the five minutes turn the cobs over.

For just the two of us this cooking method sure beats getting a large pot out to boil water.  And your corn will be nice and hot when cooked this way.

I use our electric knife to slice the flank steak into thin slices.   Then pour the juice back over your steak before serving.

My marinade recipe is from "The New Pillsbury Family Cookbook" second printing 1974 (...the cookbook was a wedding gift).

*Meats should be marinated in a non-metallic container to avoid a reaction between the metal and acid.  The container should be shallow enough for the steak to lie flat with as much area covered by the marinade as possible.  If using a plastic bag, force out as much air as possible before closing and place it in a shallow dish to guard against leakage.  Turn meat occasionally during marinating period to tenderize evenly.  This recipe makes enough marinade for about 2 pounds of steak.  To allow time to tenderize steak, marinate overnight (about 12 hours) in refrigerator or at room temperature 2 to 3 hours (warmer room temperature speeds the tenderizing).

Do not grill this steak indoors because there is excessive spattering from the liquid marinade in the hot fat.  

Marinated steak is most tender when cooked to medium rare doneness.  Additional cooking toughens and dries the tender fibers so don't grill it any longer than five minutes per side.


3/4 cup oil (I use vegetable oil)
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey or sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
1 green onion, chopped, if desired (I never add this cause I don't have it on hand)
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 clove garlic, minced (I never add this either same reason as the onion)

Combine all ingredients.  Marinade your flank steak as instructed* above.

I usually buy a piece of flank steak that is about a pound or a little more for the two of us.   If you have more to feed I would suggest getting a pound per two adult people.  

Trust me the men in your life will love this meal.  

There are Happy Faces in my home when I serve this meal.

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  1. Sandy, I love flank steak. And I also like to serve corn on the cob with it. I would add either the green onion or garlic (probably both). :) xo

  2. This looks wonderful and I could eat the meat and leave the corn. I was just looking at new bar b q's at the store this morning as mine is not very good anymore. Yours is very CLEAN compared to my grill. Right now I have to get on the project of canning some of that salmon.