Recipe: Grilled Balsamic Basil Flank Steak

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By Katie Goodman
Father’s Day is nearing and it’s time to get a special meal ready for the dad in your life. I won’t be with my dad on Father’s Day, but I will be celebrating with my husband and children, and we’ll certainly be enjoying a special meal together as a family.
I always love to grill out in the backyard for Father’s Day. It keeps things a little simpler, because it doesn’t seem to make as many dirty dishes, while still tasting great and feeling really special. This steak goes great with artichokes and grilled potatoes as a side.

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1 lb flank steak
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Balsamic basil vinaigrette
(recipe below)


First, make the balsamic basil vinaigrette, using the directions provided below.
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Place the steak in a gallon-sized zip top bag, and pound the flank steak with a meat mallet or rolling pin until it is of even thickness throughout the whole portion. Season generously with salt and pepper on both sides, then let sit for about 10 minutes at room temperature.
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Add balsamic basil vinaigrette to the bag (reserving 1/3 cup for later). Zip the bag, getting as much of the air out as possible, and rub the bag all over to distribute the vinaigrette evenly. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Remove the steak from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature while you preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
Wipe any excess herbs from the steak before grilling. Grill, turning once, until desired doneness is reached, about 5-6 minutes per side for medium-rare or 6-7 minutes per side for medium.
Allow the steak to rest on a platter, loosely tented with foil, for 10 minutes.
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Slice the steak across the grain into thin strips. Serve along with the remaining balsamic basil vinaigrette.

Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette

6 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/3 cup minced basil leaves, packed
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt

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Whisk all the ingredients until well combined. Reserve 1/3 cup for serving alongside the cooked steak.
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About the Author:
Katie Goodman resides in New Mexico with her husband and two children (a 4-year-old boy and an 18-month-old girl). Learning in the kitchen, eating, trying new recipes, and sharing them with friends and loved ones are some of Katie’s favorite things to do. She wholeheartedly believes that part of the goodness in life is enjoying good food with good friends and family, and goodLife {eats} is a place for her to share what she finds good in the kitchen.

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