So, we’re onto turf. We all know men love red meat, but confession: I probably love it more than most of them. My mom calls me her “meat eater” and said while the other 3 year olds wanted pasta and rice, I wanted steak. What can I say?? I was made for the Atkins Diet (except that I particularly love meat on sandwiches, but my dietary struggles are not the point of this post!!).
Instead of a pricey filet, I bought the decidedly low key flank steak, which is my boyfriends favorite anyway (he’s so delightfully low maintenance, culinarily). Flank steak requires a few hours of marinating, which I did. We grilled it on the grill pan, and paired it with roasted veggies, a simple Ina Garten Back to Basics recipe I love.
Low maintenance, low cost and absolutely delicious. We had a bottle of Coppola red, heart shaped cupcakes to end the meal and watched a movie. It was perfect. J
Easy Flank Steak Marinade
*Place the flank steak in a plastic bag, add the following, and marinate in the fridge for 2 to 12 hours, then grill or roast to your desired temperature:
1 cup red wine
½ cup olive oil
4-5 garlic cloves, rough chopped
½ small red onion, rough chopped
1-2 TB brown sugar (dissolve in wine first!)
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
Salt and pepper
Oven Roasted Vegetables
Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten, Back to Basics
*Preheat oven to 425. Chop the following, and toss with ½ cup olive oil, 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper:
2 small fennel bulbs, cut into wedges
1 pound fingerling or small potatoes
*Roast for 25 minutes, or until potatoes are tender, tossing once. Chop the following, and toss in with the potatoes and fennel:
1 pound haricot verts (French green beans), trimmed
1 bunch asparagus
*Roast for another 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle vegetables with ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese and roast for another 2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve hot!
*NOTE: If you think you don’t like fennel, try this anyway. Even if you don’t want to eat the pieces (which I think are great), definitely still use it during roasting. It adds an amazing depth of flavor to the other vegetables!