This week, inspired by all of the grilling focuses on the Food Network and Cooking channels and my favorite entertaining magazines, it was all about creating the perfect marinade for a flank steak. I sent my husband out for the basics Saturday morning, and made sure to get started early. I wanted to let it bask in flavor for 24+ hours so that our Sunday night dinner would be perfect. So, I did a bit of prep work and left the rest for the next day.
I like getting al of my ingredients out and in full view. And, I have fun using the adorable ceramic measuring cups from Anthropologie that special friends gave me as a wedding/housewarming gift...
The perfect simple marinade for a 1.5-2 lb. flank/skirt steak. I found this one in the June issue of Bon Appetit Magazine (if you haven't picked this up, get it-- there are 60+ fab grilling recipes). It was from the talented blogger and cookbook author, Jenny Rosenstrach of Dinner: A Love Story fame. I altered her version of 'Tony's Steak' to make it a bit less sweet to suit our tastes.
|The finished product.... delicious and perfectly charred.|
One thing that I love on Sunday is to visit the Farmer's Market, neighborhood stand or Fresh Market and see what's fresh and inviting. My side dishes usually revolve around what looks/smells best. This seasonal salsa/spicy fruit salad was the result of my findings. Looked beautiful... and will be on the menu all week, long after Sunday has slipped away.
SPICY FRUIT SALAD
1/2 Small Watermelon, cubed
1/2 Cantaloupe, cubed
1 mango, chopped
1 very small red onion, finely diced
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
1 large cucumber, peeled and diced
1 avocado, chopped into bite size pieces
1 Serrano or Jalepeno Pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp Agave Syrup
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp orange juice
1/2 tsp salt
Mix all chopped fruits and herbs in a tupperware container. Stir dressing ingredients, pour over fruit mixture. Mix well and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
|Melons, peppers and red onion are an ideal compliment to the skirt steak|
|The finished product, a healthy delicious dinner.... my husband can't|
wait to see what I will come up with to top it next Sunday!