When Summer is here, it’s time to spend time enjoying the great outdoors and in the backyard with friends. I’m really excited to be partnering with True Aussie Beef & Lamb and Big Green Egg to work on some delicious recipes to get you cooking in your great outdoors with their amazing products.
There’s just something that says “Summer” when I taste a lightly marinated and perfectly cooked Grassfed Flank Steak topped with a fresh breadcrumb salsa. Flank Steak was made to accept a quick marinade and cook really quickly; which means you won’t be spending too much time over the grill. One of the great things about proteins that cook quickly is you don’t really have to worry about trying to perfect the cooking time of a 2″ thick steak, which can be really difficult to do. But for a Flank Steak, you really just need a super hot flame to get the sear, then it’s just a few minutes of cooking per side for this steak.
The Bread Crumb Salsa is so fresh tasting with tomatoes, parsley, shallots, fresh-made breadcrumbs, olive oil and red wine vinegar. The salsa is a little like a mini version of Panzanella (bread salad), which is one of my favorite summer salads. The red wine vinegar and other fresh ingredients balance so well with the steak marinade.
I like to use a fork to poke holes on each side of the meat, which allows the marinade to penetrate more quickly. Simply blend up the marinade ingredients, rub it into the steak and let it sit for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Since Flank Steak has so much flavor as it is, the marinade just compliments and doesn’t overpower it.
Get fired up about grilling and barbecuing again
I can’t tell you how excited I am to be cooking in a Big Green Egg. If you aren’t familiar, it’s a kamado-style ceramic charcoal barbecue cooker that has a cult following called Eggheads.
It really does live up to its hype. I’ve had a charcoal grill for a long time (gas has never been my thing). In my opinion, charcoal is much more controllable, hotter and just makes the food taste better. Gas doesn’t really add smoky flavor unless you add smoke chips. There’s something therapeutic about going out and lighting a charcoal grill. The whole process (which really isn’t much of a process) of prepping, lighting and watch the fire grow and the smell of the charcoal burn just makes outdoor grilling what it is.
The big green egg will change your cooking life and get you fired up about grilling from the very first time you use it.
This grill is heavy! And it’s heavy because the ceramic walls are so thick. Being thick and heavy keeps the heat on the inside. Since it maintains the heat, you will burn less charcoal. Burning less charcoal means that you can cook for hours and hours at a constant temperature without having to add more charcoal, like has to be done with most barbecues.
I’ve never seen a grill where you can precisely control the temperature. You do this by adjusting the bottom and top vents.
It’s a little like magic how easy it is to get it started
I’ve always used a chimney starter to get the charcoal started, but The Big Green Egg comes with All Natural Charcoal Starters starters that look like little brownies. These starters are something else. You simply place it on top of the charcoal, light it, and you have hot coals ready for cooking in 10 to 15 minutes.
One other benefits that you don’t really think of or hear about is that you don’t use very much charcoal. When you are done; you close the vents and the lid and the fire goes out very quickly. You can just add a little more charcoal and re-light next time you want to use it.
They recommend always using lump charcoal, which is pure wood with no additives and different from charcoal briquettes.
Grassfed beef is lean, which means that it requires less cooking time because of the high protein to fat ratio. It can take about 30% less cooking time, so keep that in mind.
Flank steak is wonderful with this fresh breadcrumb salsa, but you could also put it in tacos, on sandwiches, over a salad or even as a savory breakfast.
This post is in partnership with True Aussie Beef & Lamb and The Big Green Egg. All opinions and thoughts are always my own.
- 1.5 lb Aussie Grassfed Flank Steak , trimmed
- kosher salt & pepper
- 1 coarsely chopped shallot
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Bread Crumb Salsa
- 2 cups diced tomatoes (about 3 large roma tomatoes)
- 3/4 cup finely chopped shallots (about 2-3 shallots)
- 1 - 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar adjust to taste
- 1 cup chopped parsley
- 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cups toasted breadcrumbs (recipe follows)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 2 cups diced bread
- 1 tablespoon oil
To make the marinade
- Combine all marinade ingredients in a blender or use a hand blender and blend until smooth (scraping the sides as necessary).
- Place the steak on a large plate or in a baking dish.
- Using a fork, poke holes throughout the steak on both sides.
- Pour the marinade over the steak and massage it in on both sides.
- Let marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
To make the breadcrumb salsa
- Make the breadcrumbs by heating 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced bread and sautée until golden and crunchy, about 5 minutes.
- Combine all the salsa ingredients except for the toasted breadcrumbs in a medium bowl.
- Mix well and taste for seasoning. Add more salt and red wine vinegar as necessary.
- Set aside until you are ready to serve, then Add the breadcrumbs at the last minute and mix before serving.
To cook the steak
- Bring the steak to room temperature if it was refrigerated.
- Wipe off excess marinade with paper towels.
- Heat your grill on high for at least 5 minutes.
- Season the steak well with kosher salt & freshly ground pepper.
- Grill the steak over high for about 4 to 6 minutes per side, or until the desired internal temperature is reached (120 to 125 degrees for medium-rare).
- Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes covered with aluminum foil.
- Slice the steak very thin across the grain.
- Mix in the breadcrumbs with the prepared salsa and serve over the top of the sliced steak.