My brother in-law came to town. He had a hankering for some family time. His wife was going to be out of town for the week on business and he would be at home alone with the dog. So him and Sophelia the Yorkie packed up and came for a visit. Before he came, he called me and asked if I would make him food. Since it's kind of my thing, I obliged. I have had this recipe simmering in the back of my mind for a while and I figured my brother in-law would be a good excuse to give it a go. It turned out to be a success. Simple ingredients, bold flavors and quick prep. The only problem was trying to get Van to stop throwing his little bits of flank steak at Sophie.
Megan, confession, your sweet canine had all sorts of bad food. Bacon, both raw and cooked, pulled pork, turkey pastrami and flank steak. She probably came home with a chubby middle.
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 limes, juiced
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
A few grinds black pepper
1 lb flank steak
In a plastic bag, combine the olive oil, honey, soy sauce, lime juice, white vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Squish the bag around to combine. Add the steak and marinate in the fridge for 6 hours or overnight. Put marinade bag out on the counter an hour before grilling to bring the steak to room temperature.
Heat grill to medium high. Add the meat to the grill. Cook on each side for about 5-7 minutes for medium rare. Remove steak from the grill and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. When slicing, cut against the grain. Serve with pineapple salsa.
For the salsa:
1 pineapple, peeled and diced
2 jalapenos, seeded and finely minced
1 lime, juiced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/2 red onion, diced
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 tsp kosher salt
Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Let sit in the fridge for a few hours, so the flavors develop.
Yields 4 flank steak servings.
Served with this: grilled nectarines, green salad
Rookie's Notes: Make the marinade and the salsa at the same time. Then when meal time comes, all you have to do is make a simple side. Plus, the pineapple salsa will get a chance to get friendly and delicious. But whatever you do, don't taste the pineapple salsa before you serve it. It might not make it to the table, especially if there happen to be any tortilla chips lying around.