This one is for Hiroko!
Tonight's dinner was made because our good friend Andreas was coming over to hang out with us so we wanted to feed him too! He is a bit more health conscience than us so we wanted to do a meal what was yummy, and also considerate of someone who tries to keep in shape! Not that we don't try to stay in shape.... he's just better at it! :)
So.. I brought it back to the meal that I know makes my BFF Hiroko Orkin smile! Chipotle marinated skirt steak, roasted sweet potatoes, and corn/ mango salsa!
Low carb, high vitamins, tons of flavor, and lots of spice to get the endorphins dancing!
The first time I made this was at my brother's house in NJ. It was a big hit, so when I needed to cook for a special occasion at Hiroko and her husband David's house I knew it was a great choice. She loved it so much she started to make it when her friends were coming over for dinner. Now every time I make it I think of her. She moved to Tokyo in February and I miss her tons!
It was also the first meal I made for my husband, so if you are trying to land a man, keep this one in mind! My stepfather Michael is also a huge fan of the corn/ mango salsa.
Besides that it is SO easy! It is a great meal if you want to cook and have tons of time to be social with dinner guests!
Andreas, thanks for a lovely night and most of all doing the dishes! Here are the pics from tonight:
Chipotle Marinated Skirt Steak!
All the ingredients will have to be adjusted to the amount of meat, but keep in mind people always over eat when this is in front of them! These amounts are for about 1 and 3/4 lbs of meat.
In a large zip locks bag combined:
3 diced cloves of garlic
3 tables spoons cilantro
6 diced chipotle peppers from a can. They will be packed in adobo. Make sure to put in all the yummy juice they are soaking in, in the bag.
Juice of one Lime
Pour in olive oil. At a moderate rate pour, count to 10 and stop. That should be enough.
a good amount of salt
and a lot of fresh ground black pepper.
Place the meat in the bag, zip it closed, shake it till every bit of that steak is covered in the love, and let it sit. This is a marinade that is doing nothing but adding flavor. That means it could be for 20 minutes or 20 hours. It's all about the time you have.
Put the meat on the grill or in a 400 degree oven and come back in 10. If it is on a grill flip it. If it is baking in the oven... just say hi to it.
5 more minutes on the grill.
10 - 15 in the oven and take it out.
Let it rest covered in tin foil on the cutting board for no less than 10 minutes.
Slice against the grain and serve!!
You are gonna love it! I promise!!!!
Until we eat again!
What do you season the mango/ corn salsa with? More cilantro? Mint?
There is definitely more cilantro! I also put one diced jalapeno, some diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, a little cayenne pepper, and a little ground coriander. I toss it with the juice of one lime and a couple of tables spoons of olive oil!
Then the longer it sits in the fridge the better it gets! Try to give it at least an hour and then test it and adjust the flavors for your taste.
If you try it let me know how it turns out!
Some back beans might be a nice touch too!