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A Grill’s Best Friend

One of my favorite activities – weather permitting – is having friends and family over for a cookout. It’s an easy way to entertain, and everyone loves food fresh off the grill. Flank steak is affordable and delicious, and most side dishes will complement it. I like to serve it with grilled corn on the cob dressed with cilantro butter. Put a beautiful cutting board on your table as a casual serving piece for your sides. Your guests will think you’re a regular Martha Stewart (or Annette Joseph) when they see the luscious ears of corn buttered with herbs.

Grilled Flank Steak (serves 4-6)
  • 16-20 oz. of flank steak
  • 1 4-oz. jar of sun dried tomato in oil
  • 2 tablespoons reserved sun dried tomato oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons of fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup of ketchup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Put all marinade ingredients in a food processor and pulse to combine. Place steak and marinade in a ziploc bag to coat steak in marinade mixture. Place steak on preheated, oiled grill and cook for 4-6 minutes on each side. After removing the steak from the grill, cover with aluminum foil for at least 5 minutes. This ensures that your guests will enjoy a tender, juicy cut of meat.

Grilled Corn on the Cob
  • 6 ears of fresh corn
  • Salt and pepper

Season corn with salt and pepper. Wrap individually in aluminum foil, twisting both ends to create a secure package. Place on hot grill for 10-12 minutes, until corn is steamed. Remove and let cool before serving.

Cilantro Butter
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Combine softened butter with cilantro. Spoon onto square of plastic wrap and wrap around butter. Roll butter into cylinder-shaped package and place in refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving. When guests are ready to eat, cut butter into small coin-size shapes and place in small serving dish.

Serve the food buffet-style with stacks of colorful dishes beside the trays of food. I like to keep napkins in fun patterns and colors to keep it casual, but festive.

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