Flank Steak Marinade

Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA….life sometimes gets in the way of blogging and life has been crazy over here!  But I had some time the last few days to schedule some more yummy recipes!

I don’t eat (or cook) much red meat, as you may have noticed with my lack of red meat cooking.  It’s really for no other reason than I don’t like the meaty taste in steaks, burgers, ground beef.   BUT if I find a good recipe that is very flavorful and can camouflage that taste I don’t like……it’s a keeper!  And this is one of those recipes!    I got it from a friend of mine a few years ago.  This marinade is sweet and savory…..it also really keeps the meat tender.   YUM!

When grilling flank steak…it’s best cooked on a high heat for a short amount of time.  And it’s best when it’s medium rare…if you overcook flank steak it gets tough.  Also it should be sliced on the thinner side, against the grain and on a slight angle.   I learned all of this from my Uncle when I made this recipe for Easter!  🙂

Flank Steak Marinade

(this is for about a pound of meat)

 1/4 c. oil

3+ Tbs. red wine vinegar (may need more)

1/2 c. soy sauce

1 Tbs. garlic powder

1 Tbs. minced onion

3+ Tbs. peach preserves (can use apricot if can’t find peach) – may need more to taste.

 Combine all ingredients in large zip lock bag with meat and stick it in the fridge no less than 3 hours, but as long as over night!  The longer it sits, the better it tastes.  I usually keep mine in over night, and during the time it’s in the fridge I squish it around in the bag to make sure all the meat gets nice and marinated!

 Heat grill to medium-high.  Place steak on grill and cook for about 5 minutes in each side….I wouldn’t go less than 4 or more than 7 on each side.

 Remove from grill and place on cutting board.  Let it sit for a few minute, slice and serve!

 ENJOY!!!

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~gianna~

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Meatloaf…..Smeatloaf….Double Beatloaf……

I was never a huge fan of meatloaf….in fact growing up my Mom made it all the time and I never really ate it.  And if I did it was smothered in ketchup and the rest would be hidden in a napkin and thrown out after dinner.  I did like the potatoes that she made with it.   As I’ve grown up I still didn’t love it, but I have finally created a recipe that has added meatloaf to things I make!  It’s simple, a one pan meal, and it uses ground turkey instead of beef.  As you will see in a lot of my recipes I don’t cook a lot of  red meat (I just don’t like the taste)…so I try to swap it out lot of times with chicken or turkey!  It’s not that I’m against red meat or worry about the health aspect of it (obvii…just look at my other recipes) I just like the taste a bit better….this recipe pretty much tastes the same as ground beef, but it feels and tastes a little “lighter” to me.

Turkey Meatloaf 

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground turkey

1 egg

Approx 1 1/2 c. Italian bread crumb

Onion powder

Garlic powder

Salt and pepper

A nice large, handful of shredded mozzarella cheese.   (Did I say LARGE….Do it!)

1/2 of a Vidalia onion  (You can use any kind of onion)

Potatoes (any kind you like, I used red this time)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Mix all ingredients in a Kitchen Aid Mixer on medium until everything is incorporated.

Using olive oil, grease the bottom and sides of a 13×9 baking dish.

Form meat mixture into a loaf and put it in the center of baking dish.

Cut potatoes into large, bite-sized pieces and sprinkle them in the pan around the loaf.

Cut up some onions and sprinkle those around the loaf with the potatoes.

Sprinkle the potatoes and onions with a little garlic salt.

Cover w/ foil and cook for 45 minutes.  (Oven times may vary)

***Halfway through cooking….remove foil and give the potatoes and onions a good stir around the pan so they get browned and don’t burn.

***Remove foil with 10 minutes left…so it gets brown on the top!   You may want to slice a few pieces and make sure it’s not pink inside…sometimes depending on how thick the loaf is…it may need a little more time to cook.

 ***Don’t be alarmed if it starts to ooze white stuff…it’s the cheese! I freaked out a little the first time.****

ENJOY!!

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When it’s done slice and serve …….I still like mine with ketchup!!!!!

~gianna~

 

Super Bowl Time!!!

There has been a lot of talk around here about the Super Bowl….NOT because either of our local teams are in it…sadly, they are not, but because New Jersey is hosting it this year.  Neither the JETS (my team) nor the Giants will be playing, but we will still be watching.  We are a football liking family.  My husband is a football lover, but he has 2 daughters and a wife….therefore we like, we don’t love unless the JETS are playing.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting lots of recipes that would be perfect for any Super Bowl party or football Sunday!  My family and I love appetizers, dips and other fun finger foods….messy ones especially!  The messier, the better in my opinion.  You will find lots of great recipes over the next few weeks…all of which are tried and true.   Dips to hearty appetizers….lightened up recipes and sweets too!

Let’s start the party off right with this little number!  Someone made these for  my New Year’s Eve party this year and it was definitely the big winner that night!   People were raving about these hot dogs.  I even overheard a father pushing them on his 8 year old daughter…”You gotta try this….it’s the best thing you will ever eat!  It’s a HOT DOG..WRAPPED IN BACON!!!!!  (very enthusiastic!)   You really just have to try it, you won’t be disappointed!”  She took one bite and was hooked!  I heard another father say to his 13 year old, “It’s a hot dog wrapped in bacon…if you try it and don’t like…I will give you $5!”   Another one hooked!  Both True Stories.

It was the only food (and we had a lot of delicious food that night) that was completely GONE by the end of the night!   I have no idea where they got the recipe, but I’m so glad these landed in my kitchen!   They are FAR from healthy…in fact they might just be one of the most unhealthy things ever…..but who cares??   If you are still sticking to your “New Year’s Diet”….then just bookmark this page for a month from now…when you won’t give a damn and you’re looking for a great Super Bowl recipe to please everyone (even the ones still dieting)!

I’ve gone ahead and named this recipe “Jimmy’s Smokies” because  he and his wife recently told me they have named meatballs I make (recipe coming soon), “Gianna’s Meatballs.”  It felt like the right thing to do!  🙂  So without further ado….

Jimmy’s Smokies

1 package of hot dogs

1 package of bacon

Brown Sugar

Toothpicks

Preheat Oven to 350°

Cut hot dogs into quarters.

Wrap each piece of hot dog in 1/3 of a strip of bacon and secure with toothpick all the way thru (so you can easily pick it up and eat it later).

Place all wrapped hot dogs on baking sheet.

Sprinkle brown sugar all over hot dogs.

Cook for 25-30 minutes.

***Keep and eye on them from 20 minutes on….just to make sure they aren’t burning.  Oven times may vary***  

HEAVEN!!!!  

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~gianna~

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