Hooray for the first post of 2009! I won't say that increased blogging is my New Year's resolution, because you know how those things go...but I have taken an oath to myself to cook for *me* more and this blog will most likely reap the benefits.
I now find myself looking for ingredients that will do double (or triple) duty for me. For example - flank steak. I can cook it once - then use the leftovers to make a whole new meal of fajitas with just the addition of some grilled peppers and onions! No waste, and my taste buds still can rejoice.
MARINATED FLANK STEAK
2 1/2 pounds flank steak, trimmed, excess fat removed
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 tsp black pepper*
4 tsp salt*
2 garlic cloves, bruised
2 tsp paprika
*or to taste
In a large plastic food storage bag, combine all ingredients, with beef. Marinate at room temp for 30 minutes, or longer if desired. Preheat broiler to 400 degrees. Using a meat thermometer at the very center of the steak, broil until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees - medium rare. (The ends will be more well done.) It took about 10 minutes.
Allow the steak to rest for 3-5 minutes before slicing to redistribute juices. Hold a very sharp knife at a 45 degree angle and slice the steak across the grain into thin slices. Carving this way makes the steak extremely tender!
I served the steak with some basic roasted fingerling potatoes and my own raw vegetable salad (recipe below). Of course, if you have a grill working during these winter months, go ahead and grill the steak instead of preparing it in the oven/broiler...it'll probably taste better too.
RAW VEGETABLE SALAD
1 large pepper, any color (or combination), julienned
1 small red onion, sliced
1/4 cup frozen corn, thawed and drained
1/2 cup green beans, thawed and drained
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste
fresh parsley, finely chopped
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and let chill at least 3 hours prior to service. Wonderful color!