For the better part of a decade, I was a stay-at-home Mom. I learned a great deal about cooking then, a lot of it from turning on PBS to watch Julia Child on weekday afternoons. At last, she did something even I could handle: marinating a flank steak. I can still hear her explaining how the olive oil in this recipe acts as a liaison for the other ingredients.
Because the recipe is so simple, I wondered how good it could be. Still, I gave it a try, and I’m glad I did. We’ve tried many flank steak marinades over the years, but we’ve never found one better.
I’ve tweaked this recipe a bit by increasing the amounts and marinating time, but it’s essentially Mrs. Child’s.
MARINADE for FLANK STEAK
1 large shallot, chopped
4 Tbs. olive oil
3 Tbs. soy sauce
3 Tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. dried thyme
A few drops hot sauce
1. Trim a 1½ to 2-lb. flank steak and score lightly on each side.
2. Combine marinade ingredients and marinate steak at least 1 hour. Overnight is better.
3. Grill to desired doneness. Slice thinly, at an angle, and serve with preferred side dishes.