As the weather improves and the nights get warmer, I tend to grill more and more. We grill all year but the warmer weather just makes it a more enjoyable activity. A couple of nights back, when it wasn’t raining, we decide to fire up the grill. But what to grill? Since it was late, we went to our local grocery store Giant, and picked up some steaks. I like a nice one inch thick New York Strip with a nice marble of fat flowing thru the meat. (Tell us what cut of steak you like here.) Sure enough they had some nice choice cuts in the display case and off I went home. Sometimes you can actually get the prime cut at Giant but that wasn’t happening that day.
Once I got home, I prepared a marinade of garlic, teriyaki sauce and ground black pepper. I let the steaks soak for about an hour in the frig and then brought them out to raise to room temp just before grilling time. While the steaks were soaking, we took a package of those almost bit-sized potatoes and coated them in olive oil, salt, pepper, and crusted garlic. In a double layer of foil we place the potatoes and half of a sliced onion. The foil poach was placed in the hot grill (500 F) on the top rack. About 20 minutes after the potatoes went in, we started grilling the steaks. We like our steaks medium rare, which to me means pink in the middle with little or no blood, so I did my usual 12 minute grilling plan that I have been doing for years. It’s pretty simple; grill 4 minutes, rotate the steak 90 degrees for 2 minutes, turn over grill 4 minutes, rotate 90 degrees for 2 minutes and rest the steak for 5 minutes. The rotation give you those nice grill marks on the steak and a 1-inch steak at 500 F for 12 minutes should give you medium rare. And sure enough it did.
We plated the steaks with the grilled potatoes with some tomato slices to garnish and we were very satisfied. The marinade did the trick flavouring the meat with the asian flavours of teriyaki and garlic, the sweetness of the onions and the little potatoes picking up the garlic and the olive oil from the coating. Very simple but very nice.
I am sure we will revisit grilling again soon but in the meantime tell us favourite cut of steak (shameless plug for new poll) and let us know where you like to eat steak in Bucks County (second shameless plug this time for Best of Bucks- Steak comment opportunity).