This time of year all I want to do is cook on the grill.
We’ve been lucky in North Carolina. We’ve had a true spring, complete with cool days and warm breezes and, for the most part, an absence of mosquitoes. It’s about to change, but right now, the weather is perfect for ducking out the back door and throwing a steak on a hot grill.
Skirt steak works well with all kinds of marinades, but especially those that contain citrus, vinegar or tamari. The acid in the marinade helps break down the tough fibers of the steak, making the finished product less gristly and more appealing. In this case, the red wine vinegar also lends a delicious tanginess.
This recipe come from Mike Lorentz, one of the butchers highlighted in the stylish encyclopedia of meat, Primal Cuts. He calls for grilling the steak, then using it to top a salad of arugula and Roquefort cheese. I found the steak was terrific on its own; this marinade will likely become an all-purpose stand-in for grilling around our house.
The first time I made this steak, I served it with homemade guacamole, pickled red onions and corn tortillas. My second choice sides would have been cumin-spiked sweet potato fries and a crisp salad with dijon vinaigrette. In a few more weeks, I’ll be eating this with grilled corn on the cob and sorbet for dessert. Are you getting the notion that I’ll be eating this one all summer long? Give it a try and you’ll see why.
1 pound skirt or flank steak
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves
1 sprig rosemary
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1. Whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper. Mince the garlic and rosemary and stir these into the marinade.
2. Place the marinade with the steaks in a Ziploc bag and marinate 2 hours or overnight.
3. Allow the steaks to come to room temperature while the grill is heating to medium-high. Grill for about 3 minutes per side, or until the steaks are medium rare. Slice on a 45 degree angle and serve with your favorite sides.