Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Favorite Flank Steak, Couscous Tabbouleh, and a BONUS!

My family just returned home yesterday after a long weekend in Ohio. My husband was nice enough to take himself and the kids on a road trip to visit his mom and siblings so that I could have the house to myself to entertain my high school friends.

The road weary DamFam needed a good dinner after eight hours in the car, so I marinated everyone's favorite flank steak, and tried a new salad to have alongside. Both were outstanding, and there was just enough left for the hub to take to work for lunch today.

This flank steak is one of the first 'real' entrees I learned how to make; I got the recipe from my Aunt Trish way back in 1991, and I've made it several times a summer ever since. The couscous tabbouleh recipe is from Epicurious. We also had a blueberry crumble, but there aren't any pictures because it disappeared way too fast!

Favorite Flank Steak
Serves: 4-6
Source: Aunt Trish's Recipe File

3/4 c. soy sauce
1/4 c. vegetable oil
2 T. molasses
2 t. dried mustard
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 T. minced fresh ginger

1 1/2 lbs. flank steak

Mix all marinade ingredients in a big Pyrex measuring cup. Place the flank steak in a large ziplock bag and pour the marinade in. Squeeze out all the air and seal the bag; marinate in the refrigerator for at least four hours, and up to eight hours.

Allow the steak to come to room temperature before grilling over medium high. I usually do 6 minutes per side for medium rare. Remove steak to a large cutting board (with a rim for catching juices, if possible). Cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing thinly across the grain. Transfer to a nice platter and pour any juices over the meat. MMMMMMMM!!!

The Couscous Tabbouleh recipe can be found here:


And now for the BONUS RECIPE I promised! My daughters have been asking for a turn to be Guest Bloggers, and just look at the delicious dish they thought up while away in Ohio over the weekend! It's called Pond Scum Surprise!

They gathered this fantastic organic scum from the pond at my brother in law's place, plated it up, and staged the perfect photo shoot - complete with a drink and fritos from their real lunch. I thought this was just too hilarious, so I just had to post. Ah, good times!DIG IN!!!


Peter M said...

Leah, your steak has triggered me to grill some steak tomorrow...merci!

Pamela said...

Thanks for comment on my blog. Your food and recipes look great and I've added you to my Google Reader! Off to check out the rest of your blog now!

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

I will definately try this flank steak. I am impressed w/your postings lately. My kids have been running me ragged. i don't know which way is up. Lil' bastards are bleeding me emotionally dry! I haven't posted in weeks. I am a hostage in my own mind. somone help me........I told my husband just not to bring his girlfriend when he visits me in the padded room.

Prudy said...

Leah-I'm behind! You've been a busy little blogger. YUM- your flank steak, your salad, your panzanella. What are you doing tomorrow?

Leah said...

Peter -- I'm dyin to see your take on steak. Bring it! I'm sure I'll wanna dupicate it. Remember, imitation is the best form of flattery!! ;-)

Pamela, thanks for stopping by -- consider me a fan.

Stacey, you crazy nut. You're in that sad spot where your kids are just too little to be self sufficient at the pool or anywhere else in summertime life. This too shall pass! In about three years! Buck up little camper....I've been there too. I'll visit you in your padded room....as long as you have some snacks. ;-)

Leah said...

Prudy -- thanks for stopping by, what with your 600 visitors and all! ;-) Congrats on your amazing following, I knew it was only a matter of time. Your blog is Prudy-Priceless! Truly!