July 19, 2012

#HormelFamily Staycation Meal Inspiration (Teriyaki Steak Salad)

Remember when you were a kid and summer vacation meant seeing new places and having fun doing some new things?  The last few years, I've heard the term "staycation" thrown about alot as gas prices have made longer trips more expensive... whether you drive or fly, the cost has gone up-and-up-and-up. 

While we do have one trip that is a bit farther away planned in the near future, most of our travels this summer are going to take no more than 1 or 2 tanks of gas to get out and see something new.  I bet if you really looked into the sights near your own home, you'd find there are things that you never thought to go and see!

I remember when I first came out to New Jersey for a visit and My Husband asked what I'd like to see... my list was much longer than was possible for the amount of time I was going to be here, but what was most surprising to me was that he had never been to many of the places I wanted to see!  He lived in the area his entire life, but as I am sure many of you can imagine... life happens and you just don't often have time to stop and look around the place you live to see the wonderful things that are right there!

Sometimes you can create a staycation right at home, just by bringing the flavors of another place into dinner.  Even going as far as to carry the theme through to decorations and music!  The possibilities are endless, you are only limited by your imagination.

Hormel-Staycation-Teriyaki-Steak-Salad



As part of the Hormel Extended Family Blogger program, I have the pleasure of playing around with some of their products to come up with some new ways to use them.

For my staycation meal, I wanted to bring an Asian flair to dinner.  Since it's been so incredibly HOT here (and just about everywhere else lately), I opted to make it a salad meal... something light, but still full of the Asian flavors we enjoy.

I'm a huge fan of London broil and pick it up nearly every week during the summer months.  It's really an easy cut of beef to grill or broil so, it's a no-brainer to include it each week.  I love when I can find it on sale and will pick up an extra to keep in the freezer.

To season the beef, I used the House of Tsang Tokyo Teriyaki Grill Sauce... a flavorful blend of teriyaki, ginger and wine.   It's a thick sauce which really lends itself well to grilling a variety of proteins... chicken, seafood or beef.

I'd love to hear about your summer travel plans!  Are you planning a big getaway or staying close to home and exploring all the wonders within a short drive? 

Here's a very "loose" recipe for how I prepared the London broil.


Teriyaki Steak Salad
Source:  Patsyk Original
Ingredients
  • 1.5 to 2 pound London broil (about 1 inch thick)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of House of Tsang Teriyaki Grill Sauce
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
(note: the amounts for the salad part of the recipe will vary with the number of people being served, so use your best judgement)

 Directions
  1. Preheat grill on high heat or broiler.
  2. Brush grill sauce on both sides of the steak - a light coating is sufficient.
  3. Cook 8 minutes on the first side, then brush additional sauce on and flip over.  Cook for an additional 7 minutes, or until the beef has reached the desired "doneness".  (Keep in mind, that London broil is best when not over-cooked as it will become tough.)
  4. Allow the beef to rest at least 15-20 minutes, then slice against the grain into thin slices.
  5. Divide the lettuce and tomatoes among the plates to be served, then place 3-4 slices of beef on top.  Sprinkle almonds on top.  I did not add a dressing to this salad, but if you need a little extra "something", I'd suggest a sesame oil and vingear to dress it.

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