Must Have Been Beginner's Luck

Oh yes, it was mildly envy-inducing to have Jason's freshman effort on the grill turn out so darn well. How many stupid recipes do I try only to learn that cannelli beans are just really bland, or that while spices get old and lose their punch, salt does not, (result is really horribly salty pork chops where even I have to put my fork down and beg Jason do the same with his.)
Here is the recipe for this weekend's really good Korean Steak Lettuce Wraps. We would have taken pictures, but after waiting an hour for marinating and seeing those juicy steaks come of the grill, there was really no time to be a shutterbug.

Korean Steak
One of the best things about this dish is eating it; all the guests get to wrap up their own lettuce packages.
* 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 2 tablespoons minced, peeled fresh ginger
* 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
* 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
* 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
* 3 garlic cloves, crushed with garlic press
* 1 beef top round steak, 1 inch thick (about 1 1/2 pounds)
* 1 cup regular long-grain rice
* 3 green onions, thinly sliced
* 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
* 1 medium head romaine lettuce, separated into leaves


1. In large self-sealing plastic bag, combine soy sauce, sugar, ginger, vinegar, sesame oil, ground red pepper, and garlic; add steak, turning to coat. Seal bag, pressing out excess air. Place bag on plate; refrigerate steak 1 to 4 hours to marinate, turning once.

2. Just before grilling steak, prepare rice as label directs; keep warm.

3. Remove steak from bag; reserve marinade. Place steak on grill over medium heat and cook 14 to 15 minutes for medium-rare or until of desired doneness, turning steak over once. Transfer steak to cutting board; let stand 10 minutes to allow juices to set for easier slicing.

4. In 1-quart saucepan, heat reserved marinade and 1/4 cup water to boiling over high heat; boil 2 minutes.

5. To serve, thinly slice steak. Let each person place some steak slices, rice, green onions, and sesame seeds on a lettuce leaf, then drizzle with some cooked marinade. Fold sides of lettuce leaf over filling to make a package to eat out of hand.


Andra Sue said...

Thanks, girlie! :)

Jean Therapy said...

Yummy!!! I'll have to try this sometime, me being Korean and all :)


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