When I first read the directions for this delicious recipe, I thought why was it necessary to instruct the cook to put all ingredients in the blender except the steak?
Why would anyone want to blend steak into a pulp? Then I realized someone might actually do it.
After all, when my sister was a newlywed, she thought she should wash her hamburger before cooking. Of course, much of that hamburger went down the drain.
Live and learn!
So, please do try this recipe and remember that all ingredients except the steak go in the blender.
The recipe is courtesy of The Olive Leaf in Bloomington Indiana. One of the main ingredients is the wonderful Cilantro & Roasted Onion Infused Olive Oil that the shop carries. It gives the steak a distinctive Cuban taste.
The recipe is especially good for a cookout. It is also nice to cook enough steak that you have some left over. Makes great sandwiches, diced up in salads or just snacking.
Cilantro and Roasted Onion Cuban Marinated Flank Steak
1 ½ pounds flank steak
3 cloves garlic, chopped
½ red onion, chopped
¼ cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup The Olive Leaf's Cilantro & Roasted Onion Infused Olive Oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In a blender, combine all ingredients except flank steak and blend until smooth. Pour marinade over flank steak and let sit, uncovered, at room temperature while you light or preheat grill. Or, cover and refrigerate steak for several hours or overnight. When ready to cook, brush off any excess marinade solids from steak and grill over high heat. Turn once until done to taste (about 3 minutes a side for rare). Slice in thin slices across the grain.
For more information: Contact The Olive Leaf at (812) 323-3073 or visit the website at www.oliveleafbloomington.com.
Located at 879 S. College Mall Road in The Shoppes in Bloomington, Indiana, The Olive Leaf is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
The Olive Leaf also offers online ordering at www.oliveleafbloomington.com