Easy Family Dinner with Steak

Steak dish

Weekend is coming and you want to make something nice to reward everyone’s effort after a working week. Fancy steaks are not a bad option at all! In fact, your family will be wow by how amazing this dish is. The weekend recipe is marinated flank steak and perfect side dishes with baked potatoes and green bean salad!

Main dish: Marinated Flank Steak

Marinated flank steak

Ingredients (prep will take about 45 minutes)

  • 6 cloves of Garlic (minced)
  • Coarse Salt and Ground Pepper
  • 1 quart of Apple Juice
  • ¼ cup of Whiskey (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of Whole-grain Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil (add more for grates)
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of Hot Sauce (Tabasco for example)
  • 2 Flank Steaks (about 1 ½ pound of each flank, pricked)

Cooking (cooking will take about 1 hour)

Step 1 – marinate the steaks (should prep before 1 day): In a baking dish, add 6 cloves of minced garlic, ½ teaspoon of coarse salt and ½ teaspoon of ground pepper, 1 quart of apple juice, ¼ cup of whiskey, 12 tablespoons of whole-grain mustard, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 21 tablespoon of Worcestershire and 2 tablespoons of hot sauce in. Whisk until all the ingredients are combines as a mixture. Then add steaks in the baking sheet, coat the steaks with marinate sauce. Let the steaks marinate in the room temperature for about 1 hour, turn occasionally for even marinate. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and put the steak for about 1 day.

Step 2 – make sauce: When the steaks are well marinated, take them out of the fridge and transfer to a platter, set aside. Take out a large saucepan and add the marinate sauce into it. Bring the sauce to a boil over high heat until the sauce get thick which will take about 20 to 25 minutes. Then season with salt and pepper.

Step 3 – grill the steak: Preheat the grill up to 135 degrees F, oil the grilling rack with olive oil. When the rack is heated, place the steaks on the grill. Grill until the steaks turn golden brown with nice sears which will take about 6 to 8 minutes per side. When the steaks are nicely cooked, transfer them to a cutting board and wrap with aluminum foil. Let the steaks sit for about 10 minutes and then thinly slice against the grain. The steak is served with sauce.

Side dish: Baked Potatoes with Onion Sour Cream

Baked Potatoes

Ingredients (prep will take about 20 minutes)

  • 8 medium size Potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 large Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup of reduced-fat Sour Cream
  • ¼ cup of Snipped Chives

Cooking (cooking will take about 1 hour)

Step 1 – bake the potatoes: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Use a fork to prick the potatoes and place them on baking sheet. Take them into the oven and bake for about 50 minutes to 1 hour.

Step 2 – make onion sour cream: Take out a skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil in and heat the oil over medium-low heat. When the oil produces some smoke, add 1 large chopped onion into the skillet and stir until they turn translucent which will take about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the onion from the heat, transfer to a medium bowl and let it chill in room temperature.

When the onion is chilled, add 1 cup of sour cream in the bowl. Mix until the onion and sour cream combined. Season the cream with salt and ground pepper.

Step 3 – serve: Take the baked potatoes out. Use a knife to cut a deep cross over the top of each potato. Gently push so the cut is opened. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and pepper then add onion sour cream on the top of each potato. Finish with some chives and serve.

The potatoes should be served when they are warm. Potato and steak are perfect combination. Mind your seasoning, because you already seasoned the sour cream, don’t add so much salt on baked potatoes.

Side dish: Green Bean and Yellow Pepper Salad

Ingredients (prep will take about 30 minutes)

  • 1/3 cup of Red-wine Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Red Onion (halved and thinly sliced)
  • Coarse Salt and Ground Pepper
  • 2 pounds of Green Beans (trimmed and halved)
  • 2 Yellow Bell Pepper (removed seeds and cut into wedges)

Cooking (cooking will take about 10 minutes)

Step 1 – make salad dressing: In a large bowl, add 1/3 cup of red-wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons of olive oil and whisk until they are combined. Add salt and ground pepper for seasoning and set the dressing sauce aside.

Step 2 – cook bean: Boil the green beans in a large pot. Remember to rinse and drained the beans before boiling and only add the beans in when the water is boiled. Cook until the green beans are crisp-tender which will take about 4 to 6 minutes. Rinse and drain the beans under cold water to remain the green color. Then use paper tower to drain excess water.

Step 3 – make the salad: In a large bowl contained dressing, add sliced red onion, cooked green beans and yellow bell pepper into the bowl. Toss until the vegetables are coated with the sauce and serve.

You should make the salad right before the meal so the vegetables don’t get sloppy from soaking too long in the sauce. The salad will balance the protein from steaks and add color to your plate.

Steak dish

The steaks and baked potatoes take extra effort to make but you can reduce the cooking time by multi-task. If you can do many things at one, ask for little help. Make your cooking time fun and full of pleasure with your beloved ones. Since the long prep and cooking time, the recipe is recommended for weekend when everybody gathers after a long week. The recipe can serve up to 8 portions for a whole family.