I was pampering my P.S. (Princely Spouse) for his birthday on a recent weekend by serving grilled foods. Technically he was grilling the foods and thus pampering himself, but the brainwork was all mine. I’d picked up his favorite grillin’ meat, New York strip steaks, and hunted up some new and interesting side dishes as well.
I searched through many, many marinade recipes until I found one for the steaks that sounded really interesting. I assembled the ingredients, this was no simple marinade!
I prepared the marinade, measuring it all into a large zippered storage bag. I had propped it upright in a container while I added the ingredients to prevent spills.
I added the steaks and turned them a few times to coat them well. I left the bag in the container, just in case, and refrigerated the steaks for 2 hours. In the meantime I prepared my two side dishes which I’ll blog separately.
My sous chef work was pretty much done, the rest would be up to my P.S. He had lit the grill, cleaned it, and had it ready for the sweet potato side dish. They’d need a 20 minute head start. Placed on the upper rack, they were already warming.
P.S. removed the steaks from their marinade and placed them on a platter to take them out to the grill. Soon the smell of grilling steaks filled the air. I couldn’t wait to taste the marinade, it smelled so good! I’m not usually a steak fan, but this was going to be epic.
We are “medium rare” people (don’t lecture, we know) and P.S. is excellent on getting the steaks just right. He sears them in the hottest part of the grill then finishes them up in a cooler part so they get a delicious char on the outsides. After removing them from the grill he covers them with foil and lets them sit for 5 minutes. This lets the juices integrate back into the meat and when we cut into them they don’t run out all over our plates.
While the meat rested, he finished the side dishes and removed them to a platter. I plated the food, adding the finishing touches to the sides and we were served. As I looked down, I couldn’t decide what to try first! All three dishes looked delicious!
The first bite of steak and I was just in heaven. The lovely, garlicky flavors added to the lushness of a New York strip. The entire meal was amazingly good but I was particularly relieved I didn’t ruin a fine piece of steak.
Oh and the P.S. I was pampering? He said “mmm” about 25 times as he was eating. He was happy and mostly speechless. Job well done! *patting own back*
Grilled Marinated Steaks
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
1 pinch cayenne pepper
2 (1/2 pound) steaks (I used NY strips)
Add all but the strips to a zippered bag and stir to mix.
Add steaks and zip bag. Move and turn steaks until fully covered with marinade. Place in container and refrigerate 2 hours.
Remove steaks from bag and place on platter. Grill on preheated grill until desired doneness.
Adapted from All Recipes