Monday, April 14, 2014

Coffee Marinated Skirt Steak

Once again we spent way too much time on Friday evening trying to figure out what to buy on Saturday and then cook on Sunday. Grrr! We finally decided on steaks. I left it up to SP to figure out what specific cut of meat (steak) to buy, but not to spend too much, especially since it would definitely be organic beef which is already a bit on the pricey side, and to not buy too much. I didn't want an entire 1 lb steak on my plate. He ended up purchasing 2 skirt steaks at Sunny Bridge.
He bought 2 approximately 1 pound each skirt steaks from Logan Family Farms. I was a little worried about these turning out dry and leathery. Skirt steak isn't known for its tenderness and often it is marinated/braised and used in fajitas or stir fry. Also, they are on the thin side. So I started thinking about a marinade. A quick search found a Bon Appetit recipe for Coffee Marinated Skirt Steak.
It sounded tasty and I've always wanted to try a coffee flavored/coffee rubbed meat, but at the same time, we both were a little apprehensive about how exactly a combination of strong brewed coffee-balsamic vinegar-Dijon mustard-brown sugar-oil-shallot would taste so we decided to marinate just one steak.
After about 4 hours of marinating, a quick sear on the grill, and 5-10 minutes rest, we cut into it and tasted it. The verdict: delicious! Really tasty marinade, definitely one we would use again. SP did a great job of keeping it rare-ish inside so the meat wasn't dried out or leathery. I ate the ends, which were more well done, and he ate the rarer center. I also dipped a few of my steak bites in the juice than ran out on the cutting board.
Alongside the steak, we ate grilled potatoes. We had some regular baking potatoes in the pantry and they were starting to look old, so we peeled and sliced them, tossed them with chopped onions, butter, parsley, salt, and pepper, wrapped them tightly in foil, and grilled them for about an hour.
We also made a salad of arugula, tomato, cucumber, carrot, and green olives. SP made himself an Italian vinaigrette. Since there was a package of crumbled blue cheese in the cheese drawer and it expires soon, I made homemade blue cheese dressing for myself.
It was so nice to be able to use the grill and to sit outside on the deck. I can't wait for more grilling days.

Skirt Steak Marinade recipe here.

Notes:

  • We did not use garlic or shallot; we used onion
  • Our one skirt steak was about 1 lb, but we made the full marinade recipe
  • We did not cut our steak into 4 pieces
  • We marinated it in the refrigerator for 3.5~4 hours then let it sit on the counter for about 45 minutes before grilling it

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recipe and very good photos which make it all the more appetizing - I was looking for something a bit different for our camping/fishing trip and I think this fits the bill. Might try it with a different cut of steak though.

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