Opening my refrigerator yesterday, staring at me was a package of steak tips. Also staring at me was barbecue sauce. I am so sick of barbecue sauce. So I remembered that Mr. Not Your Bubbe's Kitchen has a cookbook, "Mastering the Grill" (found here) which is fantastic for those grilling maniacs. I looked around and one recipe stood out to me.
Well in this cookbook is a marinade recipe that is perfect for the summertime. You'll see why I coin this as Boozy Meat Marinade.
What you need:
1 lime, zested and sliced thin (cookbook calls for a lemon)
1 small onion, sliced thin
2 tbsp Kosher Salt
3 tbsp grated horseradish (the white kind if you buy it)
1 cup of vodka
(the cookbook mentions adding a jalapeno; i did not have one on hand so omitted)
How you make it:
Take a freezer bag, and place the zest of the lime, slices of the lime, slices of the onion, the salt, and the horseradish, and combine well. Next add the meat of your choice. I used steak tips; but this would be excellent on chicken or seafood as well. Refrigerate.
I marinated the steak in the fridge for about 2.5 hours. When I took it out; the vodka and lime definitely broke it down, and I believe the term is, denaturation took place where it almost looked cooked.
Then we tossed the tips on the grill and cooked them until our liking.
The end result was a crisp, almost buttery taste to the steak but with a spicy bite from the horseradish. Absolutely delicious and will be making again!
We served this with corn on the cob, a bright arugula and tomato salad in a lime balsamic vinaigrette (recipe below), and some homemade cheddar beer bread.
The wine we had was Yorkville Cabernet Franc, 2007. A very, very good wine. Flavor like Cabernet, the finish was exceptionally light. A fantastic summer red.
Extra recipe for Lime Balsamic Vinaigrette:
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp balsamic glaze, like this one
Whisk all ingredients together, toss over cherry tomatoes and baby arugula.