Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak
I have had a love affair with Texas my whole life. It started early on with Bud and Sissy in Urban Cowboy. This was way back when HBO only played two movies all day and I would sit in my jeans tucked into my boots on the arm of the sofa enamored by Gilley’s.
I remember my dad took a business trip to Houston around this same time and all I asked for was a Gilley’s t-shirt. Sure enough he delivered and that shirt hardly ever left my body!
So I eventually got the chance to move to Texas. Here are some lessons I learned:
Girls drive trucks – real big ones and they look cool driving them!
Designer jeans aren’t just for clubbing – showing cattle is a very dressy affair. On my first trip to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, I stopped in the restroom and saw dozens of teenage girls decked out in designer jeans, shiny belts, flat-ironing their hair and primping for their turn to show.
Goats aren’t just for petting zoos – I worked at the Brazos County Expo Complex where we hosted many livestock shows. During one of my first shows I became taken with the goats. They were so cute and I had a few favorites until I looked up at the sign where it advertised ‘meat goats’. It was then I learned all about livestock shows.
You never meet a stranger, Texans are super friendly. You can make a lifelong friend standing in line at the grocery store.
Get to know your beef. My boss was a wonderful man and he taught me a lot but the lesson above all others was to choose good beef. He was a cattle rancher in his spare time and when I sat down to enjoy a burger at lunch he would begin his cattle stories and why he only ate his beef –
1 1/2 lb flank steak
1/8 c olive oil
1/3 c balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp Dijon or stone ground mustard
2 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper
Place meat in a large Ziploc bag. Combine remaining ingredients, whisking together well. Pour over the meat and place in the fridge for at least 8 hours.
Before cooking meat, set out the Ziploc bag and let it come to room temperature. Heat a grill pan, grill or heavy skillet to high heat. Place the steak on the heat and do not move for 4 minutes. Once 4 minutes has passed, flip the meat and cook for another 4 minutes not disturbing the meat.
Once cooked, remove from pan or grill and place on a cutting board letting the meat rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting. Cut across the grain into thin slices for best result.
Flank steak is a lean cut of beef and requires a little more attention. Cooking at a high temperature seals in the flavor and allowing the meat to rest will hold in the juices.
If you have leftovers, you can make a great steak taco !
I used my Cuisinart indoor grill for this recipe.
I am glad to know about the 4 minute rule. I tend to always overcook mine, which ruins the whole idea of flank steak.
The two things you must do for a perfect flank steak are make sure the meat has come to room temperature before cooking and let it rest on a cutting board for at least 5 minutes before cutting.
So where is the best place to find beef in Columbus??
If you prefer grass-fed beef I would just stick to Whole Foods but I buy all of my meat at The Fresh Market. I don’t like to freeze meat so I usually cook whatever I buy in the same day or so. Thanks for reading and please pass along to your friends.