Thursday, August 20, 2009

CEiMB: Grilled Thai Beef Salad

This week's Craving Ellie in My Belly pick is from Jen at Jen B's Cooking Carveout.

I'm interested to see how many people forgot to read the recipe before attempting to make it. I definitely did and it says to marinate the steak 4 hours or overnight. I briefly saw a comment from Sara reminding everyone to marinate so I at least put the marinade together last night instead of the day of.. which probably would have been last second on Thursday. I have a way of doing that.

I did get to marinate it, but didn't have any ginger around. I actually did have some a couple of days before, but used it on the Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce recipe (my husband eats this for lunch every week). I completely spaced on needing more ginger for this recipe and ended up using it all.

I also failed to read in the directions that I was supposed to use 1 tbsp. of the lime juice in the dressing and 2 tbsp. later in the marinade (which consisted of half the dressing). I totally squeezed both halves of the lime directly into the dressing without thinking. I was probably distracted by the fact that I needed to swap out trays of Triple Chocolate Cookies that I was making for a Fantasy Football drafting party later in the week. I was quite the cooking diva on Tuesday night.

So I marinated the steak overnight.. for almost 20 hours. I don't recommend this. I think I'm going to just marinate it for 4 hours like it also recommends in the recipe. I think marinating my steak that long caused it to start turning grey-ish. When I grilled it the color wasn't as bright pink on the inside as I would have liked and I'm assuming it's from the marinade.

Other than all that... it was great. The flavor of the steak was amazing! (I love thai flavors so I'm easy to please). I also really liked the dressing. I think the brown sugar did a great job sweetening it up.

Thanks for the great pick Jen!! To view what other CEimB-er's thought.. visit the blogroll on the CEiMB site. You can also view the recipe here on the Food Network site.

Cheers!






10 comments:

  1. Great job. Grey steak? Just don't let anyone see it in it's uncooked state. I do that with a lot of my preps. "Everyone OUTTA the kitchen or you won't eat it! " It's better if they just don't know.

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  2. mmmmmmm that looks sooo good!

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  3. Thanks Judy!! The flavoring of the marinade was awesome.

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  4. Yeah, I totally forgot to marinate mine so I had to shuffle dinners around and make this another night. I marinated mine for over 24 hours and it did not turn gray, that is really weird. I was also a non attention paying cook and dumped all the dressing ingredients in together, but it still came out great. Your salad looks fabulous!

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  5. I find that meat gets discolored frequently when the marinade has citrusy or acidic stuff in it. Usually still tastes good though lol Glad you guys liked it; we loved the marinade!

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  6. That marinade was so good, I plan to use it again and again.

    I think your steak looks good. If it was grey, it is not now. It looks tasty.

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  7. Looks great!! I love Thai flavors too. And no, I won't judge you because you're a cilantro fan :)

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  8. Your salad looks great!! I had to keep reminded myself to marinate so I didn't forget!!

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  9. Your salad looks great! Thanks for cooking with me this week!

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  10. Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments! I love Thai flavored dishes.. mmmm mmm good!

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