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COOKING SEQUENCE

Prepare steak and begin to marinate (5 minutes)

Preheat grill; prepare salad and chill (10 minutes)

Complete steak recipe and serve (25 minutes)

Sesame-Barbecue Steaks

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, finely grated

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

1/3 cup sesame oil

3 tablespoons sesame seeds

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Large zip-top bag

2 lb beef flank steak

Prep

Chop garlic.

Peel ginger using edge of a spoon to scrape off the skin; grate ginger very finely, then measure.

Steps

1. Place all ingredients (except steak) in zip-top bag; seal bag and squeeze to blend mixture. Add steak to bag; seal bag tightly and let stand 10 minutes (or overnight) to marinate.

2. Preheat grill pan (or grill) on medium-high 2-3 minutes. Place steak in grill pan (or on grill), reserving marinade; grill 5-6 minutes on each side, turning often, or until steak is 145°F (for medium rare).

3. Place reserved marinade in small saucepan and bring to a full boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 2-3 minutes until sauce begins to thicken and reduces by about one-half. Remove steaks from grill; let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Slice meat diagonally against the grain; drizzle with sauce. Serve. (Makes 6 servings.)

Cucumber Carrot Salad

Ingredients:

1/4 cup sweet chili sauce

2 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar

1 large cucumber, peeled, thinly sliced

1 cup matchstick carrots

1/2 cup presliced green onions

Steps

1. Whisk chili sauce and vinegar in medium bowl until blended.

2. Peel cucumber; cut in half lengthwise and slice. Add cucumber and remaining ingredients to sauce mixture; toss to coat. Chill until ready to serve.

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