Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Marinades for Marina!

     Today Marina and I went to school for a little while.  She put up tons of colorful wall decorations that her ENL kids will love; I spent much of my time deleting useless and obsolete emails. We planned to stay no later than 2:00, but at 12:30 she popped her head and my room and said, "What if we stopped at Cosco on the way home and get berries?" I suggested we just do it right then, so away we went!  As we chatted about what we might find at Cosco, she remarked that a coworker said Cosco and Sam's Club have really good meat. The conversation meandered around to the topic of her trip to Colombia last Christmas Break.  She loved the warm people, the yummy food, and the breathtaking scenery. She was reminiscing about a particularly great flank steak she was served while she was there. I looked at her and squealed, "Let's see if we can find flank steak at Cosco!"  Indeed we did - large ones, two to a package!  Marina's family doesn't eat a lot of meat and she needed some coaching on how to prepare a flank steak - so Marina - this is for you!

Three Marinades for Flank Steak

#1 Hint of Asian Flavors

Mix together:
Juice of one lime (lemon)
1/3 cup soy sauce (I use light soy sauce)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey ( I usually leave out)
Pinch of hot red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 green onion with green stem, finely sliced (I use several)

#2  No Oil Marinade

2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup pineapple juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

#3 My Mother's Marinade (circa 1960 - it makes a ton!)

1 1/2 cups olive oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 clove garlic, put through a press (minced)
3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
(Her recipe goes on to say "Serve with 1/2 cup melted butter, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, and 1 teaspoon salt")

Mix up the marinade of your choice.
Place flank steak in dish with sides and spoon marinade over meat.  Let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes or in the refridgerator up to 24 hours.  Grill out side or inside under broiler. About 5 minutes per side. After removing from heat let sit for 5 minutes before cutting into it.

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