Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Canada Day Weekend With Canadian Beef!

Remember to stop to smell the flowers!!
 OK, so life gets busy sometimes and I didn't actually get to grill this fabulous steak until Canada Day, which unfortunately was after the end of the Who Rules the Grill contest. I even wrote the post last week and got all ready to grill, take photos and post... Oh well, I wound up popping this steak into the freezer.  The great part was that as the steak thawed in the fridge, it continued to soak up some tasty, tasty marinade!!

So without further ado, I give to my a little too late grilled steak sammies:

Pop quiz, what do you do when the package of Canadian beef you bought comes with 2 flank steaks? What do you do? What do you do? I will tell you what you do, you enter the Who Rules the Grill contest being hosted by the wonderful people at Canadian Beef.   The other day I made a tasty chipotle lime steak salads, they were so yummy and hit the spot after a couple of ball games.  Last night I tossed together a soya sauce based marinade and stored the flank steak in the fridge overnight.

Gingered Flank Steak

1 flank steak
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
1/4 cup low sodium soya sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 1/2 tsp ginger powder (you can also use fresh grated ginger)
3 green onions, roughly chopped
1 large zip top baggie

See?  Canadian beef!!!!
And a nice looking piece of Canadian beef too!!!
Place all your ingredients but the flank steak into the zip top baggie and mash it all up with your hands.

Add in the flank steak, squeeze out all the air and seal it.  Mash/mix it all up with your hands to ensure the entire steak is coated in tasty goodness.

Store it in the fridge until you get home from work.

Take the bag o'steak out of the fridge and set it aside to come to room temperature while you prep other items such as salad fixin's, onions and mushrooms! (You gotta have sauteed mushrooms and onions on your sammie!)

One neat time saving item I found at the store was this package of Texas style garlic toast....all ready to toast or grill!  SCORE!!

It came with 2 loaves of 8 slices...perfect for grilled steak sammies!!

Pre heat the BBQ and get it smokin' hot.

Also get the mushrooms and onions working in the saute pan! (A little butter, a little time, some stirring every now and then......and voila!!)

Slap your steak on the grill, reduce the heat to medium and let it cook for 5 minutes before giving it a quarter turn to the side (gets you some great grill marks!)  Cook for another 2 minutes before flipping.

Flip your steak over (using tongs) and let it cook once again for 5 minutes before giving it another quarter turn.  Cook for another 2 minutes.

Take the Flank off the grill and place on a clean platter or plate and cover with foil.  Let it rest until the garlic toast is done.

Now place  your garlic toast on the hot grill.  Make sure you watch the bread closely as it will burn quickly.

Slice the steak thinly across the grain, stack on a slice of garlic toast with mushrooms and onions.....devour.  (a slice of melty cheese also goes well....)

That's right, the boy had 2 steak sammies and beans.....
Of course I should share some of my other photos from the long weekend.  I mean whats a long weekend without going to the cabin, relaxing, and playing around with the camera??

Every Canada Day long weekend,  they release a bird that has been at the the wildlife rehabilitation centre.  In the past they have released bald eagles, golden eagles, horned owls...the list goes on.  This year they released a broad winged hawk.  The pictures of the hawk taking off didn't turn out because it flew so fast.

Hubby reading in the hammock....this really is the sweet life!

The daisy solo shot

 Pretty flowers
 Those spiders spin webs on the dock so darn quickly!!

I was so excited to find ripe strawberries in my garden when I got home!

Until next time, stay warm and eat well!


  1. One of the markets I visit, sells meat from Canada. Good stuff.

  2. I wish I had some of that juicy Canadian steak :)

  3. The dish looks beautiful and yummy! I think I should keep your blog bookmarked for my next party menu!

  4. Fabulous meal. I am so hungry looking at this.

  5. The steak may look juicy and tempting, but reading in the hammock sounds like the perfect day!

  6. The Perfect Meal..

    New to ur space and absolutely love it.. following u for more wonderful creations..

    Do visit me as time permits..

  7. Grilling is always fun, specially this time of the year. This is such a perfect meal which some fantastic photos.

  8. Nicely done with all those photos!!
    As for grilling, our grill is "mine"!! My husband put in a nice grill for himself, but after a month or two it really became all mine and I love it. I use it nearly every day. This recipe will definitely be on our list to try soon. My daughter could eat flank steak every day and I'm always on the lookout for new recipes for her! Thankyou!

  9. Oh my gosh. Look at that flank steak. Forget the buns. Just cut off good, hardly cooked chunks and hand them my way. I'd have to use fresh grated ginger, but this is gonna happen at our house. I'll just have my shrooms on the side. :)


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