Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Our Marinated Grilled Steak

This is one of our biggest hits and we know you will love it also. It is wonderful on a hot summer night when "thin" meals just won't cut it. You are hungry and you need filling food and steak is one of the best fillers there is!

We serve more of this in the summer than any other dish.

You will need the following ingredients:[ change to fit your crowd, this feeds 4 very hungry or 8 partially hungry people.. or 2 serious steak lovers]


2-1/2 pounds steak.. you select the cuts you love. Make sure they are tender , however.
2 tablespoons minced garlic
5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for brushing
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
7 cups assorted lettuces
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup capers

Combine garlic, 3 tablespoons vinegar, and 1 tablespoon oil in a resealable plastic bag, season it with salt and pepper. Put in the beef and seal bag. Shake and rub bag to distribute marinade evenly. Let stand at room temperature for around 20 minutes.

Fire up the Grill at this point so its ready for your meat when things are done.

Whisk together mustard and remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar in a small bowl. Salt and pepper to taste. Add your remaining 5 tablespoons oil in a slow stream, whisking until thickened and emulsified.

Now in another bowl, combine lettuce, tomatoes, and capers. YUM!
Cook steaks on a lightly oiled rack over high heat, turning once, until medium rare, about 5 minutes, depending on thickness. Transfer your cooked steak to a plate and let stand for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, drizzle vinaigrette over salad, tossing to combine.

Place some salad on each plate. Arrange extra tomatoes around the side, or maybe some tiny carrots.. whatever you like.
Now slice up the steak on the bias making attractive small pieces and layer them onto the top of the salad.

This dish is wonderful served with grilled garlic bread and freshly brewed Iced Tea garnished with mint and lemon. Or our famous violet Iced Tea
Just add a few violet blossoms or.. non sprayed rose petals to your hot tea for a wonderful difference!Add your ice after the violets or roses 'steep' a bit.
Eat Hearty!


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