Monday, December 6, 2010

Gretchen's Flank Steak and Chocolate Doughnuts

I got this recipe from my friend Gretchen years ago and have really wanted to try it ever since she gave it to me. But, to be honest I was pretty intimidated to purchase a flank steak. I know, what's the big deal right? I guess I felt like I wasn't mature enough to pull it off or that it was too expensive to try. However, my dad makes a mean flank steak grilled on the bbq, so I know the awesomeness that is flank steak. Eventually I gave in and purchased some from Costco. In my quest to freeze more meal options, I figured I could get the most bang for my buck, and the best quality meat, but purchasing from Costco and freezing what was left. We spent about $15 for 3 pounds of flank steak. When you get over the initial sticker shock and realize that's really about $5 per meal, it isn't so bad. Another intimidating factor about this recipe is that you cook the meat on the broiler. My broiler intimidates me because it's not normal. However, after some Google searching I found my oven model and the instructions for using the broiler. With the faithful support of the HubLub we charged ahead and cooked this baby up. It was a lot easier than I expected, and I was really happy with the result. The only problem I had was that I chopped the onion too small, so the onion flavor ended up a bit strong. I should have stuck with Gretchen's recipe. It's just that the Ninja Master Prep I was using to cut the onion got a little carried away on me :) Another bonus is we ended up not eating all the meat, so we've got left overs for lunch this week - I'm thinking bbq flank steak sammy . . . I digress, here's Gretchen's amazing recipe:

Gretchen's Flank Steak

1 1/2 cup diced onion (remember, not too small!)
1 cup soy sauce (I would recommend using low sodium, we didn't and wished we had)
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 tsp thyme (I bought fresh but at the last minute ended up using dryed)
1 Tbs oil
1 lb flank steak (at least that's the size we used)

Mix all ingredients in a gallon zip lock bag, then put in the flank steak. Marinate for a few hours or overnight (we were fine with about 3 hours). Remove flank steak from marinade and pat dry. Broil 5-10 minutes or more, depending on how cooked you like your meat. Feel free to rotate it or put foil over the top to keep it from drying out. Let the meat rest before cutting it across the grain.

As if that wasn't enough for Sunday dinner, I tryed out another brand new recipe.  The problem with trying new recipes is that it makes me feel like a failure in the kitchen.  It seems like more often than not what I end up with is not what the recipe says I should end up with.  However, despite a suspect way too soft dough, these ended up tasting pretty good.  However, after all was said and done, I'd rather save myself the time and aggravation and just go buy some chocolate cake doughnuts.  So, I guess I won't be posting the recipe on this one, but at least you can enjoy the photo.  These tasted pretty good, they got their chocolate flavor from unsweetened cocoa powder.  The glaze reminded me of hot chocolate, which was good, but not good enough to make these again :)

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Sarah said...

LOVE reading your blog! Your recipes look DELISH. Can't wait to try the flank steak and carne asada chicken tacos! Yum!! Love and miss you!