Although the meat at our nearby Safeway ("Soviet Safeway" for any of those familiar with DuPont Circle in Washington, DC) was of a quality that I would question using at this point in my life, I didn't know any better at the time and went on my merry way, using the flank steak for a recipe I found on Epicurious. It has turned out to be one of my favorite recipes, one that I often use when having people over for dinner because it is delicious and so simple (if you've been to my place and eaten this, rest assured the flank steak was of the utmost quality). The soy sauce in this recipe makes the dish.
Feast your eyes on this incredibly complicated and long list of ingredients:
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 TBS olive oil
5 large garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp black pepper
1.5 to 2 lbs flank steak
Get your marinade ingredients together (which is basically everything except the flank steak)
Kevin gave me that olive oil dispenser as a gift--isn't it pretty? I loves it.
Preheat your broiler, grill, or grill pan. Remove the steak from the marinade, and shake off excess. Discard the garlic. You don't have to do this next step, but I used a paper towel to blot the flank steak to make sure that it browned instead of steamed--I did this after one time where I cooked the steak on an indoor grill pan and the apartment filled with smokey steamy marinade-y fumes. At least my guests had a je ne sas quoi scent lingering on their person to help remember the dinner.
I used the broiler method last time which made me happy. I broiled the steak for 4 to 5 minutes on each side (about 9 minutes total), and it turned out to be a beautiful medium rare.
Love this dish. Ta-da!