Sunday, June 20, 2010

Saturday Night in NC

Saturdays in our neighborhood typically consist of a group getting together and grilling and hanging out. This weekend we showed up at our neighbor's house with a steak we had been marinating for a couple hours. And got made fun of. But I know everyone was just jealous because they had to eat hot dogs and we had a glorious steak.

Unfortunately I didn't bring the camera, so we didn't get any pictures. The neighbors all kept asking if I was going to put the recipe up (they may have still been making fun - and I'm ok with that), so here it is without pictures! Recipe for marinade + recipe for Jamaican Rum Punch and you have an idea of what another awesome summer evening is around here!

Sweet Maple & Rosemary Steak Marinade

makes about 1 cup:
1/2 small red onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, smashed or coarsely chopped
1/2 tbsp. rosemary, chopped
2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper

Combine the onion, garlic, and rosemary in a bowl or tupperware. Season to taste with salt & pepper. In another small bowl whisk together the Worcestershire sauce, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar. We taste-tested the proportions, and this is what worked for us. It can definitely be changed to suit your taste. Mix the liquids with the onion mixture. Use a fork to poke holes in the steak. Lay the steak on top of the mixture. Spoon some of the marinade over the steak. Cover and refrigerate. Flip the steak a few times if you remember. Cook steak to your preference and enjoy the deliciousness, as well as the jealous glances from your neigbors.

Jamaican (Myer's) Rum Punch

makes just under 64 ounces:
3 cups orange juice
3 cups pineapple juice
3 cups dark rum
1/2 cup white rum
4 tbsp. lemon juice
4 tbsp. sugar
Grenadine (use to color preference)

Mix all ingredients except Grenadine in a punch bowl or pitcher. Stir in the Grenadine until the punch becomes an acceptably pink color (it will be decidedly brown before you do this). Chill. Don't forget to re-mix the punch after chilling, as the liquor will separate from the juice.

Follow the above steps for a fabulous weekend!


  1. This is a an easy one to turn into a veg version! Just make sure your Worcestershire sauce doesn't have anchovies in it (or make your own!) and marinade some tofu in it for a few hours - I sliced a block of tofu in half and then grilled it in a grill pan until it was browned on both sides (which I am sure could be done on a real grill if you're feeling brave). The best part is that you can re-use the leftover marinade since it hasn't touched raw meat!

  2. I'm so glad you did this successfully! Thanks for posting it on here!