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Balsamic Marinated Skirt Steak with Roasted Chicories

A simple quick protein paired with an easy, delicious side dish of roasted chicories, simply fabulous! The marinated skirt steak recipe, compliments of Martha Stewart, can marinate for as little as 15 minutes, or overnight. We soaked ours for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

When we first made this, it was the beginning of December with cold temperatures, so our outdoor grilling option was off the table. But there are two other choices available. Finish the steak on a grill pan, like we did; or cook the steak in a cast iron skillet that had been preheated in a 500 degree oven with olive oil. Either way, it takes 5 minutes or less to cook to medium-rare. The directions below give you the steps for either option.

I was a little apprehensive about the one-pan chicories side dish. But once I tasted the finished product, I was blown away! It hit the right combination of flavors and textures with briny, sweet, bitter, creamy and crunchy. And you don’t even have to peel the squash!

If necessary, cut your piece of steak in half vertically in order to fit your grill pan.

Balsamic Marinated Skirt Steak

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, cut crosswise into 4 equal pieces
  • Oil, for grates 

Directions

  1. In a resealable plastic bag or shallow dish, combine vinegar, sugar, garlic, rosemary, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Pierce meat all over with a fork; add to marinade, and turn to coat. Let marinate at room temperature at least 15 minutes, or cover and refrigerate up to 1 day.
  2. Heat grill to high; oil grates. Remove steaks from marinade, allowing excess to drip off. Grill steaks 2 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a plate; cover loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest 5 minutes.
  3. Alternatively: Cook the steak two minutes per side in a cast iron skillet that had been preheated in a 500 degree oven with olive oil. Result: caramelized edges and medium rare middle.
  4. After resting, cut the meat against the grain at a diagonal in 1/2″ thick slices. Arrange on a serving platter and drizzle with any accumulated juices.

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Roasted Chicories with Brown Butter

Roasted Chicories with Brown Butter

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 oz. focaccia or ciabatta bread, cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped Italian parsely
  • 1 large delicata squash (about 1 1/2 lbs.), halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 3/4″ slices
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 heads Belgian endive, halved lengthwise
  • 1 small head radicchio, cut into sixths
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter 
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ cup drained capers
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped Italian parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. In a shallow baking pan toss bread cubes with 1 tablespoon oil. Spread in an even layer. Bake for 8 minutes or until toasted, stirring once. Sprinkle with Parmesan and finely chopped parsley; toss to coat. Transfer to a piece of foil to cool.
  2. In the same baking pan arrange squash in an even layer; drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Add endive, radicchio, and 1 tablespoon oil and toss to coat. Season with additional salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes more or until vegetables are tender and browned.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan heat the butter over medium-low heat until browned. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice and capers.
  5. Arrange vegetable mixture on a platter. Drizzle with browned butter mixture and sprinkle with croutons and 2 tablespoons parsley.

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Recipe compliments of Better Homes & Gardens

Marinated Sirloin Flap Steak

I‘ve posted several blogs on flap meat. The only place we ever find it is at Costco, so we load up on it when we go there. Flap steak is cut from the bottom sirloin and is sometimes call beef loin tip. It is less tender than more expensive steaks, but has a great beefy flavor. It is ideal for marinating and needs to be cooked quickly on high heat for medium rare.

Although it has the reputation for not being very tender, we don’t seem to have that experience. It is well-marbled and flavorful and sometimes called bavette, but bavette can also refer to flank steak, which is a different cut altogether.

Our steak marinated for the full eight hours, and then we grilled it for about 12 minutes total for medium-rare at 125°. The original recipe indicated to cook the meat for 20-25 minutes, that would be well-done, a no-no in our house!

Some of our strips had thick and thinner ends. You may want to cut the thinner portions off and add them to the grill a few minutes after the thick pieces have cooked. This will ensure the meat is all cooked to the same temperature, if that is your desired outcome. (Discard any leftover marinade.)

Our accompaniments were roasted Brussels sprouts with thyme and a divine Roasted Rosemary Butternut Squash and Shallots.

Marinated Sirloin Flap Steak

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. sirloin flap steak
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried marjoram (1 Tbsp. if using fresh)
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder (or 2 fresh cloves, minced)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Directions

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Place the flap steaks into a resealable plastic bag.
  3. Combine marinade ingredients together and pour over the steaks, making sure all surfaces are well coated. Carefully let air out of the bag, seal, and place into refrigerator for 2 to 8 hours. 
  4. Preheat the grill for medium-high heat.
  5. Remove the steaks from the bag and place them onto a hot grill grate over direct flames. Cook, turning occasionally, for 12 to 15 minutes for medium-rare at 125°, or to your desired doneness.
  6. Once cooked, remove the steaks from the heat and place them onto a cutting board. Let steaks rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  7. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!

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Flap Steak and Tik Tok Taters

The sizzling arrival of cast-iron plates of marinated steakhouse steak tips is often the most exciting part about them, so says Cook’s Country. In this version of Grilled Steakhouse Steak Tips, they replace the typical sickly sweet marinade culprits—ketchup, barbeque sauce, and cola—with a mixture of soy sauce, oil, dark brown sugar, and tomato paste for enhanced meaty flavor and maximum char. WOW, great results!

Typically, if you can even find it (hello Costco), flap meat is sold as whole steaks, strips, and pieces. For even pieces, buy a whole steak of uniform size and cut it up yourself. We’ve only found it at Costco sold in thick strips, but that is perfect for this method. And instead of cutting it down into 2 1/2-inch pieces we kept them to about 5 inch lengths.

This is not your grandma’s steak and potatoes recipe. The marinade has a hint of sweetness from the brown sugar but otherwise is a great companion to beefy flap meat. If you get the opportunity, try to marinate for the total 24 hours, but a minimum of 2 hours will provide enough flavor. If, like us, you are medium-rare fans, take the steaks off when they reach 125-130° (they may have to come off at separate times). Cover with foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes.

As an accompaniment, we made these fabulous potatoes which The Hubs found in a video on Tik Tok, thus we named them “Tik Tok Taters”. We made a major alteration to the directions however because after initially boiling the potatoes for the 20-25 minutes as indicated, they were beyond fork tender and falling apart. So we shortened the boiling time in this phase to 12-15 minutes, which is shown in the directions below.

In this photo op, I inadvertently staged “light” brown sugar when the recipe calls for “dark” brown.

Grilled Steakhouse Steak Tips

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp. packed dark brown sugar
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 (2 1/2-pound) beef flap meat

Directions

  1. Whisk soy sauce, oil, sugar, garlic, tomato paste, paprika, pepper, and cayenne together in bowl until sugar dissolves; transfer to zipper-lock bag.
  2. Pat beef dry with paper towels. Prick beef all over with fork and cut into 2 1/2-inch pieces. Add meat to bag with soy mixture and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours, turning occasionally.
  3. For a gas grill, turn all burners to high, cover, and heat grill until hot, about 15 minutes.
  4. Clean and oil cooking grate. Cook beef (covered if using gas) until charred and registers 125 to 130 degrees (for medium-rare), 7 to 8 minutes.
  5. Transfer meat to platter, tent loosely with foil, and rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve.

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Tik Tok Taters

Tik Tok Taters

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 5 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut in half lengthwise, then cut each piece into 3 chunks
  • 1/4 cup Kosher salt + 1 Tbsp., divided
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. Extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Directions

  1. Boil peeled russet potatoes in water with 1/4 cup salt and the baking soda for 12-15 minutes, until just barely fork tender on the outer edges.
  2. Drain potatoes and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon each salt and rosemary.
  3. Preheat oven to 400° convection (or 425° regular) with empty roasting pan inside.
  4. When hot, add more olive oil (about 1/4 cup) to coat the bottom, then add drained and seasoned potatoes.
  5. Return pan to oven and roast 35-40 minutes, carefully turning potatoes every 10-12 minutes.

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If you’re so inclined, you can check out the YouTube video here:

https://www.yahoo.com/amphtml/lifestyle/roast-potato-hack-tiktok-baking-soda-102805915.html