While wandering the meat section of Costco the other day, we came across a package of "flap meat". It looked awesome and had all this nice marbling. Since it resembled our favorite cut of meat, the skirt steak, we decided to buy it and give it a try (I can't remember the price, but it was pretty inexpensive). I then went looking for recipes to cook this cut of meat in my cookbooks. I knew there had to be some flap steak recipes in those cookbooks somewhere but I was unable to find any. I also knew there were probably some flap steak recipes in one of my myriad of cooking magazines, but I also had no luck locating any. That led me to do a search online.
That's when I came across this recipe from the Epicurious site. Originally printed in the October 2008 issue of Gourmet magazine, the recipe for Marinated Flap Steak seemed quick and easy. So quick and easy in fact, that I didn't expect much with the results. But I was wrong. The marinade gave such a wonderful flavor to the meat, and the flap meat itself was so tender, that Mr. L and I had to force ourselves to not eat the entire batch. What was left over became dinner the next night. And by dinner I mean Mr. L and I took the cut up pieces of steak and sat on the couch and ate them cold. Yeah, the flavor was that good.
Be careful when cooking flap meat as with skirt steak, cooked more than medium, it gets tough. You also need to make sure you cut across the grain for tender bites (there are videos online that will explain what that means). I have yet to see flap meat for sale at our regular or gourmet grocery stores, but I understand that you can find it at Costco and Sams Club. We're now converts of flap meat and if you like skirt steak at all, I think you'll like it too.
We let this marinade for almost half an hour, but I love the fact that it says the marinade only takes 15 minutes (or up to 8 hours). I also didn't bother with getting out my blender/food processor to make the marinade. I just threw all the ingredients in the bag. Nor did I grill this outside, we just used our cast iron grill pan on the stove. See, I told you it was quick, simple and easy!
Grilled Marinated Sirloin Flap Steaks
(from Gourmet June 2008)