One of my resolutions for this blog is to get back to a weekly "Dinner Tonight" feature, since I really like seeing what people are cooking for their simple, everyday suppers. It's inspirational and motivational, especially on those days when I'm lacking in both and standing, slack-jawed, at the Grotto of the Open Fridge, beseeching Our Lady of Divine Gastronomical Intervention.
So here's a recent simple supper: Sake-Marinated Flank Steak over Rice. I start by making a marinade with some very basic, very inexpensive grocery store sake. Specifically, this one:
Though this label purports it to be "The Finest Sake", this sake is more accurately "The Finest Sake that Six Dollars Can Buy." But it works just fine here. I mix a fair amount (One cup? One thousand cups? Whatever works for partially covering the meat.) with some soy sauce, fresh grated ginger, and minced garlic. Here are a couple of flank steaks soaking up the goodness:
We are having crazy, dark, blizzard-y weather, so the lighting in these pictures is awful. That marinade photo looks particularly cadaverous. Sorry.
After marinating (a few hours or overnight), the flank steak can be grilled or broiled until it's crusted on both sides and pink in the center, usually about six minutes a side. While the meat is cooking, I like to boil the marinade in a small saucepan until it thickens very slightly.
I slice the meat thin, across the grain, spread it over a bed of steamed rice, pour the sake sauce on top, and garnish with green onions or cilantro.
This is consistently a hit with my family members, from the biggest to the littlest, and even that fish is thinking, "Yes. Yeeesss. Eat more beef."
Also, I've just starting reading this for the new year:
...but I'm pretty sure it endorses a diet rich in booze-soaked red meat. And Diet Dr. Pepper. And plenty of this stuff.
Somewhere, Dr. Oz and Oprah are rolling their eyes and saying, "Girrrrl, please. She needs an ah-ha moment. Pass the raw almonds."