Monthly Archives: July 2012

Marinated and Grilled Flank-Steak

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There’s something about summer grilling that makes me oh so happy.  After almost 3 years of having no BBQ and no location to grill (other than visiting our friends and begging for BBQ’d burgers), we finally moved to a house where we have the room for a BBQ.

Our BBQ was CH’s birthday gift from my parents just after we moved and it has been used by-weekly (or more!) ever since.   We have our standby favourites (lemon garlic grilled shrimp, roasted peppers, burgers of course!) but I recently expanded my repertoire to include this amazing recipe.

I was introduced to flank steak a couple summers ago when I helped my friend host an anniversary party for her in-laws.  It was a great cut of meat to be shared with many people, it cooked so quickly and was a crowd pleaser, so much so it has now become one of our favourites too!

I played with flavours on this marinade and have finally nailed-down the right quantities, or at least to our liking.  As you will see in the photos, I love serving this with roasted potatoes, grilled peppers and salads. But, be sure to check-back in a few days for my left-over recipe that has made its way to the top of the list for reasons to make this dish!

PS – the sauce on-top is my version of a chimichurri sauce that I hope to share soon!

Enjoy.

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Marinated Flank Steak

Yield:  About 10 servings (so, a lot!)
Prep Time:  10 minutes
Cook Time:  15 minutes, plus 10 minutes to rest

Ingredients:

  • 8 TBSP EVOO
  • 2 TBSP Soy Sauce
  • 2 TBSP White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Worcester Sauce
  • 1 TBSP Sriracha
  • 1 TBSP Yellow Mustard
  • 1 TSBP Brown Sugar
  • 3 sprigs of Parsley (about 1 TSBP), chopped
  • 1 sprig Thyme, chopped
  • 3 sprigs Rosemary (about 1 TSBP), chopped
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, grated or minced
  • S&P (generous amounts of peppper!)
  • 2 flank steaks (about 2 lbs each)

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the steak and whisk well to combine.  Place flank steaks in 2 separate large Ziploc bags. Divide the marinade between the bags, add it in and rub the bags to distribute the marinade. ***Alternatively, add the flank steaks to a large lasagna pan/deep dish, pour the marinade over the steaks and distribute evenly. Cover with saran-wrap***

The marinade can be left for as little as a few hours, or overnight.  Obviously the longer the better, but even after a few hours it is delicious!

Once the steak has marinated, remove from the bag and discard the liquids.  Allow the steak to rest at room temperature for a minimum of 30 minutes before grilling.

Pre-heat the grill to a medium-high setting.

Place the steaks on the grill and cook for approximately 7 minutes per side, or to your liking. It’s hard to give guidelines when grilling, because BBQ’s vary so much, so trust your instinct and go with it.  I like to rotate my steak a quarter turn after 3 minutes to get the nice grill marks, but it isn’t necessary.

Remove from the BBQ and allow steaks to rest for 10-15 minutes to absorb the juices.

Cut the steaks against the grain, on an angle and be sure to slice it thin.  Serve with your favourite accompaniments!

Enjoy!

Recipe from the JBean Cuisine kitchen.

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Kitchen Update…

I have a new sous-chef in my kitchen…

JBean Cuisine readers, please meet Hudson, our adorable 10 week old Vizsla who is currently about 12lbs and is adorably wrinkly.  He’s loving, loyal, adventurous and we love him more with each day.

He is totally food-driven, so don’t be surprised if you see doggie treats posted from time to time.  Also, please excuse the lack of posting…this dog is a full-time job for both of us and there hasn’t been much cooking in the kitchen as of late.

Please leave a note below if you have any doggie-friendly recipes, or if you have any puppy tips!

xo JBean and Hudson

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What’s Baking June Round-Up

So as I alluded to yesterday, today’s post is all about my fellow bloggers who continue to inspire me everyday.  This month’s What’s Baking is no different.  As described yesterday, the theme this month was “Bake with Fresh Herbs”. With no other restrictions or requirements, it was up to my fellow bloggers to decide.  As you will see below, the variety was amazing and all of the dishes look delicious.  Thank you to all that participated and be sure to check out the recipes below!

The first recipe was from Jen of Beantown Baker.  She challenged herself by using basil, a herb she doesn’t love, and produced these beautiful Blueberry Basil Goat Cheese Cake Bars.  She liked the idea of pairing blueberries and goat cheese with a touch of basil, and based on the amazing photos, I’d say it was a total win of a recipe.  I cannot wait to make these for CH – he will love them.

Next-up, Heather of Hezzi-d’s Books and Cooks took a little spin with the theme and made a Dijon Potato Salad with Fresh Herbs – which sounds perfect for a summer picnic.  She used parsley, tarragon, and pineapple sage which sounds like a great combo and I will have to keep my eye out for the Pineapple Sage as I’ve never heard of it.

With a budding Thyme plant on my balcony, it is only a matter of Time before I make these (sorry, I am corny!!).  These Lemon Thyme Bars by Kim of Just Baked not only look amazing (great photo!) but sound delicious too.  There is something about lemon that yells summer to me. I love that Kim went out her comfort zone to make these, and they look delicious – just wish I could go over for a cup of tea with her to enjoy.  (PS – Kim said she had a hard time getting the leaves off the stalk – next time pinch the stalk of the thyme at the top and run your fingers down, they should pull them right-off)!

If you are looking for a summer sweet treat, look no further. Jaida of Sweet Beginnings made these absolutely perfect looking  Strawberry-Basil Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream that just cry summer dessert.  I love the strawberry and basil combo, so I can’t wait to make these at my next opportunity.

Nicole of Seven Ate Nine was super lucky for this challenge – she was given a bag of her dad’s homegrown rosemary – her very favorite herb.  I love that connection to her recipe and these Baked Rosemary Sweet Potato Chips sound absolutely amazing. They would be an awesome side-dish to anything really, but I think the next burger I make will be accompanied by these.

Lemon + Basil = a heavenly combo in my books and that’s exactly what makes Eva of Eva Bakes’ recipe for Lemon Basil Cake sound irresistible, not to mention the picture of a moist and crumbly cake. She didn’t get any herbs in her biweekly CSA box, but was able to pick-up some fresh basil at the Farmers Market which lead to this cake – glad she did!

Rosemary bread would have to me one of my favourite Italian inspired flavours, so I was thrilled to see that is breadmaker friendly – I’ve been meaning to get some use outta that thing sitting on my counter. Cara of the Boys Made Me Do It  made this recipe for Rosemary Bread and it was a hit in her household, so much so they ate it before she could get a picture.  Since my rosemary plant is expanding by the day, you can be sure this will be made in the near future.

Carrie of Carrie’s Sweet Life took the savoury route and made these absolutely delicious looking Lasagna-Stuffed Portobellos which sound like a great dinner option next week.  Carrie took the opportunity to use fresh herbs in this recipe, as opposed to her usual dried, which is exactly why I love this theme. Looks great Carrie!

And finally, one of my hands-down favourites – Rosemary Focaccia courtesy of Joanna at Newlywed and Newly Cooking. She was out with her husband for dinner and got the inspiration for this amazing looking bread.  Although time consuming, it looks like it was well worth it and I love that she added grape tomatoes and onions to the top – yumm.  I am so glad someone made this recipe as I’ve been wanting to make it for a while, so I can’t wait to tackle it soon.

And finally, my contribution is Mojito Cookies – a good use for my wild-growing mint plant.

THANK YOU to everyone that contributed this month. Albeit a small month, we were definitely mighty.  Your recipes were inspiring and I can’t wait to try each of them – if only you were all nearby to cook them for me!

Jaida of Sweet Beginnings is the fabulous host for the month of July and she has chosen Bake with Summer Fruits as the theme! I have so many ideas, I cannot wait!

Enjoy!

Ps – I do apologize for the slight delay in getting this posted….we have a recent addition that arrived on Saturday…it is safe to say he is taking-up a little bit of our time :)!

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