Cocktails are one of my favorite inspirations for marinades – Margaritas, Pina Coladas, Bloody Marys, etc. – and if you are going to marinade a cut of beef, then flank steak is the perfect cut. The loose grain of flank steak (also skirt steak and hanger steak) allow for marinades to really permeate the meat and add a lot of great flavor. The Bloody Mary with all of the add-ins like, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, celery salt, and Tabasco pepper working in concert with the acid from the tomatoes makes an ideal marinade. Feel free to adjust to your liking… just like you would order in a bar! Also, check out my Celery Salad with Blue Cheese and Lemon Vinaigrette – because what’s a Bloody Mary without the celery?!
Bloody Mary Flank Steak
serves six to eight
One 2-1/2 to 3 pound flank steak
1 can (15.5 ounces) no-salt added diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish (not cream-style)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Tabasco
1 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
Trim away any excess fat from the flank steak and place in a shallow baking dish just large enough to hold the steak. In a blender or food processor, add the remaining ingredients, except the olive oil. Give it a good blitz and taste. Adjust seasoning to you favorite Bloody Mary. Then with the motor running on low speed, slowly pour in the oil until all combined. Pour the marinade over the steak and flip a couple time to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 to 6 hours or for as long as overnight.
Preheat grill for direct cooking over high heat; if you have multiple burners, set and are to medium low for the scallions. Otherwise grill the scallions while the steak reposes after cooking. As always, brush and oil grates before cooking.
Place steak on hot grill at a 45° angle to the grates. Cook for about 4 minutes per side for medium rare. Allow the steak to rest (repose) for 7 or 8 minutes before slicing.
Once the steak has rested, thinly slice across the grain of the meat with your knife tilted at an angle to give you nice wide slices. Serve with Celery Salad with Blue Cheese and Lemon Vinaigrette.
Cheers and Happy Grilling!