A post by Free Range Joni
There was a time in my life when I was absolutely addicted to several cooking shows. I had to see every episode, bookmark every one of my favorite recipes, and try to make as many of those favorites as often as possible. Through that addiction, I have found “My Favorite Things” marinade. I don’t even like steak, but I can’t eat the steak fast enough after marinating with this recipe. I thought this would be a great surprise for my husband, and instead, it surprised me! The original recipe was adapted from Chef Marcela on Mexican Made Easy, and I made just a couple of changes, to include my favorite things! My recipe is as follows:
3 pounds of flank or skirt steak (typically 2 large pieces)
2 oranges, thinly sliced
2 onions, thinly sliced
2-3 jalapenos, quartered
4 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 bottles of beer (I use Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, the lemon in this beer fits in perfectly!)
1 cup of reduced sodium soy sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
In a wide, shallow glass baking dish, scatter 1/3 of the orange slices, 1/3 of the jalapenos, 1/3 of the onion slices and 1/3 of the garlic pieces on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle the steak all over with salt and pepper and put in the dish on top of slices. Scatter another layer of orange, jalapeno, onion and garlic over the steak and pour in about half of the beer and soy sauce. Stack the next piece of steak over the layer of fruit and seasonings. Top with the last of the oranges, jalapenos, onions, and garlic. Add a bit more beer and soy sauce, so that the bottom layer of meat can be covered with the liquid. I usually flip half way throughout the marinade time to allow the second piece of steak to soak in the liquid (you may not need all of the beer and soy sauce… just enough to allow the meat to soak, one layer at a time). Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for 1 hour at room temperature or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
Prepare a barbeque on medium-high heat or preheat a broiler. Remove the meat from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill the steak to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Fill those taco shells with your steak, and add your favorite toppings!