Monday, February 18, 2013

Marinated Flank Steak & Scalloped Potatoes

We had a pretty quiet Valentine's Day this year (with no grandparents to watch the kiddos while we have a night out). So we decided to have a nice dinner at home once the kids went to sleep. It was a great night with yummy food and even yummier dessert! The hubby surprised me with Twist cupcakes and I surprised him with chocolate covered strawberries. I would say that was a major win-win!

I prepared a favorite meal that we haven't had in quite a while. It's a great meal for dinner parties because 98% of it is prepared in advance. Oh yeah... and it's amazing! So here is the scoop for our Marinated Flank Steak and Scalloped Potatoes.

Marinated Flank Steak Ingredients:
2 TBSP Garlic Powder
1 TSP Paprika
1 TSP Cumin
1 TSP Oregano
1 TBSP Montreal Steak Seasoning
2 splashes Hot Sauce
2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
2 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
1 TBSP Soy Sauce
1/2 cup Olive Oil
2LB Flank or Skirt Steak

Mix all ingredients into a large plastic bag.
Place Flank Steak into bag.
Shake well to coat.
Allow to marinate at least 30 minutes, shaking occasionally to re-coat.
Heat grill pan or grill to high heat.
Grill steak about 5-7 minutes per side.
Remove steak from grill and place on a plate. Allow to sit a few minutes prior to cutting.

Waiting to get on the grill! 

Scalloped Potatoes Ingredients:
2 cans Sliced White Potatoes, drained
4 TBSP Butter
3 TBSP Flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/8 TSP Cayenne Pepper
1 TSP Paprika
1 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and blend in flour once melted.
Add the milk and stir with a whisk. Add seasonings and whisk till blended.
Cook sauce on low until smooth stirring as it cooks.
Remove pan from heat and add 1 cup of cheese.
Pour potatoes into lightly greased casserole dish ( you want mostly one layer of potatoes)
Pour cheese sauce over potatoes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake uncovered for one hour.

Potatoes smothered and covered and heading into the oven!

Potatoes are cooked and it's almost time to eat! 

And here is the finished product.... It's not a "pretty" shot because it was not on our plates for very long! Seriously, my man is a real meat and potato guy and I was not about to get in the way of his dinner. But if you are looking for a no fail impress meal this is it! We have also used this marinade on other cuts of cheaper meat. It knocks those out of the park too since the vinegar acts a tenderizer and the flavor combo is out of this world!

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