You know what I get excited for? Steak. It’s true. I hardly ever eat it, and if truth be told, I don’t even really like other people making my steak. I like to make it myself. I like picking out the steak myself, even though I seriously have no idea what the different cuts of meat mean or how you’re supposed to prepare them properly. But, I like going to Whole Foods, buying a piece of meat, and then prepping it MY way.
This way included a quick marinated of about 30 minutes, while the BBQ heated up to a roaring high heat. Then I like to time the meat for each side and not disturb it. I’m also a firm believer of letting it sit for 10 minutes before I slice into it. See, if I eat someone else’s steak, how do I know they did all those steps? I don’t know! So, therefore I don’t really care to eat steak prepared by other people.
Am I saying I make the best steak around? Yes! Just kidding…I don’t, but I do make an effort when I cook steak! Hell, if I spend $12 on one pound of meat, you better believe I’m going to make an effort. Now, this steak wasn’t perfect by any means, but damn, it was delicious!
You know what else I get excited for? Baseball games with friends. On Sunday, David & I are going to meet Maren and her geek, Max at the ferry for a Giants game. I can’t wait! I’m so excited to drink beers and eat garlic fries with Maren, and to get to know Max a little better. I’m sure it will be a fun day. I’m just counting down the days to get to go to the city again. That will be three weeks in a row, and I’m feeling pretty confident with my city skillz. Kidding…I’m a total newb, but I still love going to San Francisco.
Do me a favor, and try these lettuce wraps! I’ve told you before, and I’ll tell you again, I’m totally obsessed with lettuce wraps! I can’t get enough of them! Now, I’ve provided you with recipes for steak, pork, and two different turkey lettuce wraps. You better get busy making them!
Thai Steak Lettuce Wraps
Recipe adapted from Iowa Girl Eats
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 & 1/2″ fresh ginger, peeled & grated
3 cloves garlic, grated
1 1/2″ tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 lbs. flank, skirt, or sirloin steak
For the Quick-Pickled Cucumbers & Onions:
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cucumber, peeled & thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
1. In a bowl; combine soy sauce through garlic. Measure out 1/4 cup and pour into a large plastic bag. With remaining sauce, combine peanut butter to make a creamy sauce.
2. Make your quick-pickled cucumbers and onions, by combining vinegar and sugar in a Tupperware. Mix in the cucumbers and onions and set aside. Let sit for 15 minutes up to 1 day.
3. Preheat you grill to high heat, about 400 degrees. Mariante your steak in the plastic bag with your marinated for 15-30 minutes, on you counter. Once the grill is preheated; grill steak on one side for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, turn the steak over and grill another 5 minutes. Remove steak from grill and let sit for 10 minutes on a cutting board. After 10 minutes, cut steak against the grain.
4. To serve; layer steak, cucumber & onions, and sauce onto a piece of bibb lettuce, and enjoy!