Saturday, March 14

Great Weather, Great Grilling

Last weekend we had fabulous weather…highs were in the 80’s and it such a reprieve from the freezing temperatures and snow we had just 4 days earlier. Of course we got the itch to grill and I had a flank steak just waiting for us in the freezer. In the latest issue of Cooking Light was a recipe for Asian-Marinated Flank Steak. It takes a little forethought as it needs to marinate for 24 hours. After a trip to the store and no luck finding all the ingredients, I had to improvise with what I had on hand in my pantry. While Ben grilled the steak, I boiled potatoes and threw together ingredients to make horseradish-style mashed potatoes and dressed up frozen snap peas with sesame oil and ginger. It turned out to be an excellent spring dinner!

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Asian-Marinated Flank Steak (Cooking Light)

  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed
  • Cooking spray

Combine first 9 ingredients in a small bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup hoisin mixture; spoon remaining mixture into a large zip-top plastic bag. Add steak to bag; seal and marinate in refrigerator 24 hours, turning bag occasionally. Remove steak from bag; discard marinade.

Prepare grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.

Place steak on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across the grain into thin slices. Serve with reserved 1/4 cup sauce.

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