Spring is a great time to peel back the
cover of your grill and start enjoying all benefits of grilled
meats. One of our favorite meats to grill is flank steak.
Flank steak is a very lean, flavorful boneless cut of meat.
This thin, flat steak comes from a well-exercised part of
the cow which usually would mean a tough piece of meat. However,
when marinated, grilled or broiled, and cut thinly against
the grain, flank steak becomes very tender.
Preparation, uses & tips:
Most often you will find that flank steak
is marinated prior to grilling or broiling. Marinating flank
steak helps tenderize the meat particularly when the marinade
contains ingredients such as lemon juice, wine, vinegar and
other natural tenderizers like ginger and pineapple. After
preparing the marinade, cover and refrigerate for at least
4 hours or overnight, turning occasionally while it marinates.
Place the flank steak directly over hot
coals or medium-high heat and cook, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes,
turning once half-way through.
Place the marinated flank steak on a broiling
pan. Broil 2-3 inches from the broiler element and cook for
6-8 minutes, turning halfway through.
Stuff & Bake:
You can also prepare a stuffing and spread
it evenly over one side of the flank steak. This creates a
beautiful presentation when sliced and the meat still remains
fairly tender throughout the cooking process, particularly
if you add liquid or stock to the roasting pan as it cooks.
To prepare flank steak in this manner, roll the flank steak
up into a log-shape. Secure with kitchen twine at 2 inch intervals
down the length of the log. Place in a baking pan and bake
at 350°F. Bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool before
Glutenfreedas favorite flank steak
As you can see there are several different
ways to prepare flank steak. Our favorite is grilling, only
because it brings out a wonderful flavor in the meat, its
quick and extremely easy. Here are several of our favorite
recipes that we think you and your family will enjoy!
Spiced Flank Steak
Flank Steak with Shallot-Ginger Marinade
Oriental Flank Steak
Flank Steak with Sauteed Mushrooms
Steak with Asparagus & Wild Rice Pilaf
Steak with Roasted Garlic & Sun-Dried Tomato Marinade
Stuffed Flank Steak
Steak Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomato Polenta