Saturday, June 05, 2010

Saturday Afternoon QUICKIE - yummy Carne Asada Marinade

What is a "QUICKIE" anyway?...hmmmmm, found this online: "Very little foreplay, quick finish. Usually 5 minutes, start to finish.." Perfect! Since I've demonstrated how blog challenged I am this year, a speedy, once a week drop-in is JUST what the doctor ordered (wink!).
So clear your calendar, I'm all yours for 5 minutes every Saturday afternoon...rawr

Let's make the marinade - YUM...

My Carne Asada Marinade make approx. 1 3/4 cups (enough to marinade 2.50 - 3 lbs. of Flap Meat)
1 of each: orange, lime, lemon (use two if lemons are tiny), juiced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup red onion, roughly chopped
4-5 cloves of garlic, slivered
2 TBL. high quality apple cider vinegar (I ONLY use Bragg Organic with the "Mother" in it!)
1 TBL. onion powder
1 TBL. garlic powder
1/2 TBL. soy sauce
1 TBL. sugar
1 TBL. dried parsley
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. seasoned salt (I use Lawry's)
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chipotle sauce (I use Tabasco's version)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Start by rolling the hell out of your citrus fruits. This is a MUST DO -

Simply combine all ingredients well and whisk to blend. That is it!

Now...gently pound the flap meat to tenderize. Next, dump the meat and marinade into a SECURE ziplock plastic storage bag. Get out the air bubbles and then massage meat for minute or two. Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours, turning the bag over every hour. Now get your meat on the grill - Delicious! Now here is what's weird....
I actually created this recipe entirely BY MYSELF, drawing upon childhood memories of eating at many of the local family owned mexican restaurants in my So. Calif. hometown. Just the other day, I came across a marinade recipe that was so similar to my creation, it kicked me on my a$$. I either have an evil twin out there somewhere..or someone's tongue simply works just like mine....
Have an AWESOME weekend friends!! And, as always.....

Thanks for the QUICKIE (wink!), I'll see ya next week!


Cathy said...

What a delicious looking marinade. Love all the flavors going on here, especially the citrus blend. I have a flank steak in the fridge that would be perfect for this.

Thanks for visiting and for your comment. I'm off now to read more of your posts. Hope to see you again.

ReluctantYankee said...

Hello Cathy! Thank you for visiting :) Just a note about the marinade...we probably add a "tad" more sugar than required here..but that's because my kiddies enjoy the caramel-ish flavor of the crispy ends after being BBQ'd. Hope your flank steak turns out great!
And I'll be back to your blog this week for sure...LOVE it.

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