May 17, 2008

Balsamic Marinated Skirt Steak with Potato, Tomato, Green Bean "Salad"

What a title. ;)

We don't eat a lot of red meat, but this is an easy, quick and affordable meal that we really like. The marinade gives the steak really great flavor and the balsamic vinegar definitely mellows out as it cooks. It's a good summer evening meal. As usual, this is a recipe from Everyday Food! :)

from Everyday Food

Serves 4
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

1. In a resealable plastic bag or shallow dish, combine vinegar, sugar, garlic, rosemary, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Transfer to a plate; cover loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest 5 minutes.

This "salad" (I don't know what else to call it) was a dish that I had YEARS ago at my dear, dear friend Ursula's house. (Her mom's house, actually.) We were in college, she was my roommate, and we went to visit her mom and we had this with dinner. Ever since then, I craved it on and off. Ursula and I made it once after that and if I remember correctly, our potatoes turned to mush and it wasn't as...memorable. I finally emailed her about the "recipe" and made it tonight. It was just as delicious tonight as it was my freshman year of college!!!

As Ursula said, this is a rough draft of a recipe - it's mostly "to taste".

Potato, Tomato, Green Bean "Salad"

White Potatoes 2-4, depending on how much you want to make
Fresh Green Beans, 1/2 to 1 pound
Onions 1-2, depending on how big
Roma Tomatoes 2-4
Olive Oil (I used maybe 1 - 1 1/2 tbsp.)
White Vinegar (I used about 1 tbsp.)
Salt and Pepper

1. You just boil potatoes then peel skin off and cut into quarters then place in bowl.
2. Boil green beans then place in bowl.
3. Cut up onions and tomatoes place in bowl.
4. Add olive oil, just regular ol' white vinegar (I used white wine vinegar, though.), salt and pepper to taste.
5. Mix and then taste to find out if it needs more of the olive oil, vinegar, etc.
So less is more in the beginning, you don't want to drench it with the oil and vinegar.


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