Oh yeah, get the good stuff
here baby! I make this quite
a bit, I'm not sure why. Flank steak
has an excellent flavor
, but it's tough
. I think a lot of the appeal is the challenge
of it, it's a tough steak
to cook well. I have perfected the process to produce a tender
and flavorfull steak. It went extremely fast at the Ohio
gathering, so I'll take that as a sign
that it's good stuff. I don't measure, this is a rough guideline
, feel free to play around.
Start of by pounding the steak well on both sides with a meat mallet. Score each side in a diamond pattern with a sharp knife, and rub both sides with coarse ground or cracked black pepper. In a bowl, mix about 1 cup each of soy sauce and worcestershire sauce. Add about 2 tablespoons black pepper, and a few million cloves of minced garlic (ok, I use about 10 tablespoons, whatever floats your boat). Add in one 4 oz can of tomato paste, and about 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar (and dammit, use good vinegar here). If it makes you happy, throw in some balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Mix well.
Marinate steak in the marinade for at least 24 hours and up to 72 hours. 24 is usually good enough, turn at least once, preferably every 8 hours. Cook steak over high heat on a grill to desired doneness, usually 10 minutes per side will give you a nice medium-well depending on the grill heat. Take the remaining marinade and place in a saucepan. Simmer over medium heat while the steak is cooking to thicken and reduce.
To serve, cut the steak in thin strips against the grain (if you don't cut against the grain, it will be tougher). Top with the reduced sauce if desired. Enjoy!