Last week I got together with my small group ladies and cooked! It was so much fun to cook with my friends. Everyone did and amazing job at preparing their food!
Our menu for the night was: Spicy Flank Steak, mashed potatoes, asparagus, salad, oil and bread. We had chocolate chip cookies and coffee for dessert.
Since we were going to eat together, I had already made the marinate for our meat the day before. I kept the meat refrigerated over night but took it out of the fridge to bring the meat to room temperature on the day we were cooking it.
When everyone arrived things were set up to make the marinate for the Flank Steak they will be taking home.
Each person had a recipe and all the things they needed to full fill the recipe.
Everyone worked hard to get their fresh garlic & ginger peeled and chopped. I had made the potatoes, asparagus, bread, dipping oil for the bread and salad before they arrived to make sure we had time to get it all in and enjoy our dinner together.
As many of you know, I like a pretty tablescape! I feel that a tablescape makes everyone feel welcome and it’s pleasing to the eyes which makes the entire experience better.
After everyone was finished making their marinate we grilled the meat that I had made the previous day. After cooking 5-7 minutes per side on a medium grill, you must let the meat rest for 5 minutes. Then cut against the grain of the meat. If you cut with the grain of the meat it will be tough and chewy.
All of the ladies were “hands on” with this project. Some are not as savvy in the kitchen but everyone helped out.
In the end we had an amazing dinner with lots of chatting about our lives. They say that you can learn more about people around the dinner table than anywhere else and that we did!
When the night was over we knew something new about everyone and how to pray for each other through the week! What a wonderful night it was!
If there is someone you are wanting to get to know better…cook with them, have dinner with them. It is amazing what comes out in conversation!
Recipe for flank steak:
Spicy Flank Steak
One 2 to 3 lb. Flank Steak
½ cup soy sauce
½ cup brown sugar
2 TBS of spicy sesame oil (use plain sesame oil if you don’t like hot)
4 good size fresh garlic cloves minced
2 TBS of fresh ginger peeled and shredded with lemon zester or cheese shredder
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (use less if you want it less hot and more for the extra heat)
Use a small bowl and add all ingredients together to make marinate. Use a gallon size ziplock bag to place the meat in and add the marinate. Marinate for at least 3 hours. You can even mix this up a day before and marinate the meat overnight in the refrigerator. Sometimes I even freeze mine with the marinate. After removing the meat save marinate.
Grill on each side 5 to 7 minutes for medium and longer for well done.
When you bring the meat in from the grill, let it rest for about 5 minutes.
Slice thin and cut against the grain of the meat.
Cook marinate in a small sauce pan. Boil on low for 5-7 minutes and serve as a dipping sauce of pour over the steak and serve. Serves 4 to 6 people depending on steak size.