Fast Fire Flank Steak that will have all your guests asking for seconds and thirds.
Today I am teaming up with Balsam Hill to share how I celebrated Mother’s Day a little early this year. Sadly, both my mom and Ed’s mom are no longer living. My mom passed away a few months after I started blogging and Ed’s mom left this earth on Mother’s Day four years ago.
This year we decided to remember our moms by celebrating picnic style along the lake shore, knowing that both our moms would have LOVED our house and the view of the water. It makes us sad that we didn’t live here while they were living, but if you believe like me that they could be right here with us, then they enjoyed our small alfresco gathering. :-)
Since we don’t need to buy Mother’s Day cards, gifts and flowers for them anymore, we do like to celebrate by fondly remembering them in a way they would have both enjoyed… sitting down to a delicious meal with a “fabulous vista” as my mom used to call a spot with a great view.
Both were excellent cooks, but enjoyed food so much more when they didn’t have to prepare and make it themselves. After years of having to come up with meal plans and figuring out “what to make for dinner” every night, getting it served to them was a real treat they looked forward to.
So, I decided we should invite friends of ours whose moms also are no longer living to enjoy dinner alfresco with us out on the classic picnic table in our lakefront yard where we could celebrate and share our fondest memories of each of our moms.
To make the meal worthy of our moms, I set the table with my stash of outdoor tableware, much of which was handed down from them. I added a set of Faux Bois Candle Holders in Rustic Oak and Miracle Flame LED Pillar Candles from Balsam Hill that look perfect with the classic picnic table to create a simple table setting of casual elegance. The Peach Blossom Candle Rings bring it all together in a colorful way that would make our moms smile.
For dinner, Ed made one of our favorite meals – Fast Fire Flank Steak. Recipe below.
What I love about this recipe for flank steak is that, not only is it delicious, but the prep work is done one day in advance so it can marinate. This give you more time to enjoy your guests on the day you serve it.
Since it goes on the grill, it also means less pans to have to wash after dinner.
While we waited for the flank steak to cook, we sat on the picnic table and toasted to our moms with a little bubbly.
A picnic style meal with a fancy touch.
Using the Miracle Flame LED pillar candles was a good decision since it was windy at times and real candles would have blown out immediately after being lit. These candles are made of real wax and the flame really looks and moves just like a real flame does. They require 2 “D” batteries each.
Once the flank steak was done and sliced..
We ate before the sun began to set. To keep the white burlap table runner from blowing off the table, I secured it at each end of the table with white thumb tacks.
Whenever we make the flank steak recipe we always make more than we know we will need since the leftovers make delicious sandwiches for lunch the next day.
Once we ate dinner, we enjoyed more champagne and watched the sun set over the lake.
We sat outside as long as possible, but it started getting chilly so we cleaned the table off and headed inside.
It was then that I got the idea to place the candles and candle holders in the fireplace in the living room. Since they are battery operated and even come with a remote control, it will be easy to bring the fireplace to life this summer.
I also plan to use the Miracle Flame LED candles and candle holders to decorate the barn and stables where my oldest daughter is getting married this June. No real candles are allowed, but we can use LED’s. These will be perfect!
Fast Fire Flank Steak Recipe
Fast Fire Flank Steak
This recipe is a crowd pleaser that should be made at least a day in advance so it can marinate. Make enough to have leftovers...they are perfect for making sandwiches with.
If you don't have a container to marinate, use a large Ziplock bag to place the meat in to marinate. I find the longer it marinates, the better. Be sure to flip the meat a few times a day to make sure every inch of it gets marinated. I also think it tastes better when you really score the meat on both sides with a knife. This allows the marinade to get deep into the meat.
- 1-1/4 Pounds Trimmed Flank Steak
- 1-1/2 TBS brown sugar
- 1-1/2 TBS soy sauce
- 1 TBS medium dry sherry
- 1 TBS Asian sesame oil
- 2 TBS sesame seeds
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp ginger
- 2 scallions sliced 1/8" thick
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
- oil For brushing grill
- 6 scallions (will be used as garnish) tips cut off
Score flank steak with 1/8"cuts ( deep and apart) on both sides of flank steak.
In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sherry, sesame oil, sesame seeds, garlic, ginger, scallions and pepper.
Marinade 24 hours or overnight.
Grill for 3 minutes on each side for rare. Add more time to get meat to desired doneness.
The steak tastes best when sliced very thinly. Place on serving dish and garnish with chopped grilled scallions.
Do you have plans to celebrate Mother’s Day this year? What are you going to serve or better yet, what are you hoping will be served to you?
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