August 17, 2011

Quick & Easy Balsamic Marinade for Steak

Summer is zooming by at lightening speed and I'm really not quite ready for it to come to an end.  This is my time of year, I love the longer days... the lack of weekday schedules... the relaxed way we can spend time together at the beach or the pool, or wherever... oh, and the sunshine and warmth!  In spite of the heatwave we have had this summer, I'm still ok with summer.

Even My Boys have been commenting that summer is going by much too fast.  This is the last week of summer camp for them and it's been so much fun for them.  They've gone on some fabulous field trips and learned some great things in their classes.  My Oldest even took in the recipe for Matzah Buttercrunch that I make to share with the Kids in the Kitchen class.  He even helped demonstrate how to make it.  Yep, one proud mom here. 

I can't say that the days of summer are truly lazy days for us since we still have to get up at the same time every day and I am still packing lunches for both boys.  But, there is just a different feeling in the summer... life is just easier if you know what I mean.  We all look forward to our time together at the end of the day and the fun things that we manage to squeeze in on the weekends.  It's all good stuff and memories are being made every moment we are together. 

One of the things we really enjoy this time of year, is grilling and eating dinner outside.  The meal is laid back and tends to take a little longer.  We get to have conversations we might not get to if we didn't sit down to a meal together. 

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Last week, I made a super easy marinade for flank steak that went over so well with the family, that we had the leftovers in wraps the next night for dinner.  I love when a meal can do double duty and I actually do get the leftovers used before it's time to toss them in the garbage. 

The balsamic flavor comes through and adds a tangy sweetness to the steak.  The other seasonings are muted flavors, but do come through without being over-powering enough for the kids to stick their noses up and decide they don't like it.  Both of My Boys really loved the steak and I'm already planning to use this marinade again this week. 


Quick and Easy Balsamic Marinade for Steak
Source: Patsyk Original

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak or London broil
Directions
  1. Combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, onion powder and red pepper flakes in a bowl and whisk together.  Add to a gallon size ziplock bag.
  2. Add the steak to the ziplock bag, seal and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the broiler (550 degrees) and then broil for 10 minutes on the first side.  Flip the steak and then broil for another 8 minutes. (Same timing will work on the grill, just be sure to heat the grill to approximately the same temperature before adding the steak).
  4. Allow steak to rest or 15 minutes, then cut into strips against the grain to serve.
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3 comments:

Joanne said...

Lazy family dinners with no homework to rush to do afterwards are definitely one of the perks of summer! Balsamic makes everything taste better. Sounds great!

Jamie said...

I love using a balsamic marinade on london broil. I really like the simplicity of your marinade. London Broil is always such a great meal to grill. I totally understand about the ease of summer. It's a mental relief from the hectic school schedule that will be starting back for us next week. Enjoy the rest of your summer Patsy!

Free Spirit Eater said...

I love steak! And since my failed attempt to have a steak dinner date night with my fiance, I might opt for this recipe instead, thanks so much for sharing! =]

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