From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...We've had days of rain, some of near biblical proportions, and it's been unseasonably cold here in Oregon. Our last big "do" of the holiday season was last night and with no pressing commitments and the promise of clear weather, we decided to play hooky for the day and head to the coast to replenish our supply of smoked salmon. That, of course, meant that the meal I had planned for dinner tonight had to be simplified, and I decided that steak would be the easiest to prepare once we were home. The steaks I had in the freezer happened to be top-sirloins, which, while economical, are not particularly flavorful and can be quite chewy. I knew they needed marination to improve their taste and texture, so, I did a quick microwave defrost and prepared this sauce which I know helps to tenderize cheaper cuts of beef. I understand that my use of instant minced onions and garlic will horrify some of you, but a gal has to do what a gal has to do, and I wanted to get on the road as quickly as possible, lest the weather gods change their minds and necessitate removal of the ark from the garage. I keep dehydrated onions and garlic in my pantry for emergency purposes, but I've also been known to use them when I'm in a hurry or putting together a marinade such as the one I'm featuring tonight. Their use makes this marinade effortless to assemble and steaks that spend some time in it are really flavorful. I do hope you'll have the opportunity to give this recipe a try. I know you will not be disappointed. Here is how the marinated steaks are made.
Marinated Top-Sirloin Steak...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Lea and Perrins
1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, divided use
2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup instant minced onion
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon instant minced garlic
2 to 3 pounds top-sirloin steaks
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1) Combine 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, oil, minced onion, salt and minced garlic in a bowl and mix well. Set aside. Place steak in tight-fitting bowl or plastic bag. Pour sauce mixture over steak. Marinate at least 2 hours.
2) Remove steak from marinade. Place on grill rack. Grill over hot charcoal or broil under preheated hot broiler for 7 to 10 minutes on each side or until done as desired, brushing occasionally with leftover marinade. Remove steak to serving plate.
3) In a small saucepan melt butter. Stir in parsley and remaining 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce. Pour over steak. Slice and serve. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.
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