We are heading into the final weeks of Tailgating Time and I thought one might want to end the season with a culinary bang.
One of the tastiest grilling treats is the flat iron steak. It is a marinated steak that is generally sliced thin and works best at a tailgate if served on a hoagie bun.
This steak should have a little char on the outside, but have some pink in the middle. The flat iron cooks quickly, is relatively inexpensive and is filled with flavor.
The marinade recipe belongs to my father and has been tried many times.
Combine in a bowl and whisk together:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
minced garlic (to taste)
ground black pepper
Put the steak and marinade in a ziplock bag and marinade overnight in the refrigerator and I suggest double bagging it if you are putting it in the cooler to take to the game.
Grill it over high heat for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes per side, depending on your grill temperature.
Remember to bring a chef’s knife and a cutting board. Let the steak rest for about five minutes so the juices are absorbed back into the meat and then cut it on an angle.
If you are going to serve it on hoagie buns, you might want to grill up a Portabello mushroom and some onions as well. The mushroom should be brushed, but not washed. Coat it with a little Kosher salt and olive oil and grill it on both sides. The Portabello should then be sliced into long strips and the onions are best with a little char on them. (Use a touch of sugar on the onions so they will carmalize a little quicker.)
This is a taste sensation that will add to your legendary tailgate status.
This week’s tailgate drink special is — the Boilermaker.
Purdue fans and coaches are currently having trouble deciding between Robert Marve and Caleb TerBush at the starting quarterback spot, but there should be no controversy in the parking lot over this simple classic.
Simply take a beer filled to about two-thirds the size of cup and drop in a shot of Seagrams 7 or Canadian Mist (glass and all).
These Canadian whiskeys are my personal preferences, because back in the early 80s when I was in college, they were cheap when we would sneak flasks into Ross-Ade Stadium. Always remember, while someone is drinking a boilermaker, there should be much shouting of “Boiler Up.”
After a couple of these, you have a better football experiences as well, and both Marve or TerBush will begin to look a lot more like Bob Griese and Drew Brees