Sunday, November 4, 2012

Grilled Korean Marinated Flap Steaks and a Mountain View

Let me start this blog post right with my cabin view in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

The drive to the cabin almost requires medication to drive up and around the winding mountain roads.  There are moments when you seriously clutch your friend's hand, who is gritting her teeth and closing her eyes just like you.  Oh, but once there, it is another world.



We are three families who have known each other for over two decades.  We have grown-up together in our young adult lives, to having children who are young adults themselves.  We are a tight group.   Simply stated we are family.

Each year, our families come together and put our hectic, crazy daily lives behind us for a few days. We take the opportunity to take in the nature and beauty that surrounds us.  We laugh, eat, drink, stare at the scenery, hike on the trails and sleep with the windows open.  There is something about sleeping in cool crisp mountain air.

My husband prepared the main entree for a late lunch on our last day in the cabin.  He grilled beef steaks that were marinated in a Korean bulgogi marinade.   Bulgogi in Korean means "fire meat".  The marinade is a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, roasted sesame seeds, scallions and a touch of sugar.  If you enjoy Asian flavors this will be one of the best marinade recipes in your file.

The recipe calls for flank steak.  We used a flap steak which is similar to flank, and is often referred to as a "skirt steak" or as the French like to call it a "Bistro Steak".

Now, don't think for a second that I could be a mountain girl-NOT!  The idea of driving mountain roads, with regular frequency, causes me anxiety.  I am also afraid of bears, and these mountains have plenty of bears.  I don't need to casually meet up with a mama and her cubs at the mailbox.  While walking on the mountain trails I sing Carpenter lyrics and do my best to stay in the middle of the pack, not my usual slow wildebeast lolli-gagging that I do.  Still, for a few days each year living on mountain time gives me perspective, and an opportunity to chill.




Bulgogi Grilled Beef
Recipe Adapted from Asian Grills

Ingredients:
2 pounds flank steak or other preferred beef cut

Marinade:
3 to 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
5 tablespoons soy sauce mixed with 1 tablespoon of water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
3 to 4 scallions, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon crushed roasted sesame seeds

Directions:
1.  Combine the marinade ingredients in a bowl, stirring to blend them well.  Add the meat and toss to coat the meat well with the marinade.  Cover the dish or place in a plastic freezer bag and refrigerate about 1-1/2 hours.  To prevent toughness, remove the meat from the refrigerator  30 minutes before grilling.

2.  Grill by direct method for about 10 minutes, or until done, turning once.  Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

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30 comments:

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

First, I commend your bravery! I think I'd stay in or close to the cabin and cook, garden, tidy up, read etc!

Second, that steak looks amazing! Lucky you to have a hubby that is useful in the kitchen!

Finally, have a great time!

Elisabeth said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful 'family' adventure; beautiful fall scenery, the flank steaks are gorgeous, delicious, and the best marinade is the particular Asian one for flank steaks. Your hubby did an amazing job of grilling it to perfection:)

BTW-I love your new profile photo...you look like a very young college professor:)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sure does sound like a great marinade! Love the view:@)

rosaria williams said...

Yes! This is a wonderful change, and so easy to pull off.

tasteofbeirut said...

wow! I could live there, forever! Love that easy, no fuss recipe and the grilling which saves even more effort (clean-up and such!). all in all, a perfect dish for that type of occasion.

That Girl said...

Those mountain roads get me too, but the view looks worth it!

Denise said...

I get sooooo car sick. I pinned this recipe. Sounds so good.

Julie said...

Beautiful. Sounds like a wonderful getaway. It's great to getaway and even better with good friends.

Pierce said...

That is one fine looking steak you have there. What fun and great company. Perfect getaway.

Michelle said...

This marinade sounds delicious. I have had Bulgogi Beef before, and it was excellent.

Zoe said...

The view is spectacular! With Korean BBQ beef, thias mountain getaway seems perfect. Maybe minus the fear of mountain driving...

Kitchen Belleicious said...

some dont but I just love cooking with flank steaks, they are easy, juicy and can be adapted to so many different flavors! Love yours!

Big Dude said...

The sliced steak looks sooo good and glad you had a good visit to the mountains. Growing up in WV and living in East TN, I think nothing of driving the mountain roads (except the one in CO), but on a curvy road, I can always tell when I'm behind a flat-lander. :-)

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Nothing better than a mountain view, and a beautiful steak!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I can't drive on those kinds of roads.

twodogsinthekitchen said...

Oh those roads would scare me too! I would love the cabin though once I got there :) That steak looks heavenly!! Glad you had a nice get-a-way!

teresa said...

the pics are just GORGEOUS! i love the look of that steak, the flavors sound wonderful.

Hungry Dog said...

What lovely photos! Looks like a perfect place to get away. And the steak sounds delicious. The marinade has some of my favorite ingredients!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Oh Velva, I know all about terrifying winding roads - you are so not alone. As for meeting a bear.....I second you on that one too! This steak looks wonderful and I'd love some fire meat steak myself! Glad you're having a great time - there's nothing like spending time with family and friends in nature!

Susan said...

What a wonderful tradition, Velva! You are blessed to have such wonderful friends.

This steak looks amazing! Oh, and that view is something we really miss out on in SoCal!

We Are Not Martha said...

Wow, that looks absolutely beautiful! I'd hang out in the mountains for a few days for a bite of that :)

Sues

Kim said...

I can imagine that you treasure your friendship with those other families. Going through parenthood together sure does create bonds. To me there is nothing like being in those mountains. They are absolutely breathtaking and full of wonder and beauty.

I made a Korean dipping sauce awhile back that was very similar to this marinade and we practically drank it because it was so good! Looks delicious.

Anne Regalado said...

Great view , good friends and delicious food ?! What more could you ask for ?! :D By the way , any leftover ?! lol

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

It must be lots of fun sharing wonderful times with such good friends.This sounds like a great recipe to try. I bet the sesame seeds really add to the flavor.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I make flank steak with a recipe very similar to this! My family loves it. I will have to look for flap or skirt steak and try your recipe.

We have great friends also, such as yours, and also travel together once a year. We actually just returned from a trip to Georgia to visit one of those couples on Lake Oconee. Love Georgia but wouldn't want to run into a bear either!

Rita said...

This looks fabulous! It is so good to be back to my friends in Blogland; thank you for your welcome.
Rita

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

The steak looks so juicy and delicious. I'm a city girl through and through. Like you it nice to visit, but I would rather see bear through a glass window at the zoo. My sister lives in a ski area in the White Mountains of NH. She has bear walk through her backyard all the time.

Magic of Spice said...

What a wonderful marinade, my boys would love this! And I just love that gorgeous view!

Chris said...

Now that sounds delicious.

I have encountered bears a few times on bike (me on the bike, not the bears) but they are usually intimidated by the noise/unusual sight.

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