Martha Mondays: Marinated Steak

Thanks to Sara at Sassy Suppers for today’s pick, marinated steak from Sept Living. This is a Lucinda recipe (I heart Lucinda – her new show on Hallmark starts today; I will be tuning in!). The article offered two marinades – Mediterranean or Latin. I made the Mediterranean. The idea behind this is to buy an inexpensive cut of meat (I bought flank) and marinate it to tenderize it. I love the idea of this, but have to tell you I have a bad memory of this! We had dinner with some people once years ago and the wife told me she did just this – however she marinated her steak in a wooden bowl. She showed me the bowl and it was old and worn – not even sealed with anything. Eeek. I had a few nibbles, but was terrified of food poisoning, so I didn’t eat much and whenever I think of marinating flank steak, I think of her and wonder that she is still alive.

I got past that bad memory and trusted Lucinda (and used a glass dish for mine). The marinade was very easy – 4 smashed garlic cloves, olive oil, rosemary, vinegar and salt and pepper and a tsp of sugar. That’s it. I marinated my steak for about 10 hours. Then I grilled it.It grilled quickly too since it was so thin. Lucinda said about 4 minutes a side and that was exactly right (I appreciated that direction because I am usually at the grill with a knife, trying to peek inside meat to see if it’s cooked).

This turned out perfectly. The steak was not tough and the marinade gave it a great flavor. I had leftovers, so I used them to make little philly steak sandwiches with some onions and cheese the next day. Yummy. I still love filet, but Lucinda has convinced me flank steak is doable.

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14 Responses to Martha Mondays: Marinated Steak

  1. Great recipe and a very good blog

  2. Pru says:

    I enjoyed it too and wish now that I had been able to track down skirt, flank or hanger steak. I will certainly use the marinade again, and hopefully the good memory of this recipe will banish the thoughts of the old bowl forever!

  3. Alene says:

    I made it too and it was great. I used London broil, which is what I had in the freezer (top round???) And I didn’t have any rosemary around (groundhog ate it!!), so I skipped it. It was just fine.

  4. Alene says:

    Oh! And I taped her show today too! It’s on tivo now, so it will stay on my list forever – until I do a marathon watching session. I do that w/ Nigella Lawson’s shows too. I LOVE her! I hate skinny people on cooking shows. It’s not fair!!

  5. marthaandme says:

    I know what you mean. That’s why I find Ina Garten terrific, even if sometimes her contrived “occasions” on her show annoy me. I can’t wait to watch Lucinda and see the new Martha show from today too – and the new Whatever. Looks like I’ve got a lot of tv watching to do sometime!

  6. marthaandme says:

    Don’t you find all these names for different cuts confusing? I know I do! Glad you enjoyed it.

  7. I’m not normally a steak fan, as I prefer my red meat mixed with veggies, but this looks really delish. I love garlic, so that appeals to me.

  8. marthaandme says:

    It is really tasty

  9. John says:

    you cant go wrong with marinated steak. flank is an inexpensive yet tasty portion if you know how to cook it and season it right.

  10. marthaandme says:

    Yes, you’re right – and how to slice it too.

  11. marthaandme says:

    Glad you enjoyed it. I will be making this again for sure – with different tweaks to the marinade I think to switch it up.

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