Treat Yo’ Self: DIY Steak Marinade and a Rub!

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I know, I know, usually I post pictures of flowers…but it is summer and I would be being narrowminded if the beautiful nature was all I posted about. There’s the food too! Steak is one of my favorite summer foods (sorry vegetarians…salad’s great too), and ever since I was 6 or 7, my parents have been letting me make the marinade for our steaks…which is a testament to how much trust we have in this family. Soon they realized I could throw a pretty good marinade together, and ever since then, I am called upon whenever we buy steak. Recently, I’ve also started using rubs because a) they make me feel like Rachael Ray and b) they add a ton of flavor. Without further ado, here’s a recipe for both that will leave you and your guests/family/pets if your’re really generous in awe of your talent.

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Marinade:

(Enough for 4 steaks)

-1/8 c. soy sauce

-1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce

1/2-3/4 c. Italian dressing

1/4 c. steak marinade (mine is pretty reminiscent of BBQ sauce)

4 T. steak sauce (this is a generic version of A1)

2T. chopped garlic

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1. Mix everything in a bowl of your choice. Whisk it to your heart’s content.

2. Now get out your steak and tenderize it like there’s no tomorrow. I cannot stress this enough. Really get the day’s frustrations and petty annoyances out. You don’t want tough meat. This also helps to disperse the flavor throughout the meat and really saturate it for maximum greatness.

3. Put your steak in the bowl (or dump it all in a big Ziploc), making sure all sides are coated. Cover, and set in the fridge for as long as you want. Steak is like tea: the longer it steeps, the stronger the flavor. About 1/2 hour before you plan on cooking your meat, let it sit at room temperature to finish the flavor absorption  process. In the meantime…make your rub!

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Rub:

(Really you can throw in whatever spices you want, but this is what I use)

2 T. Mrs. Dash Original Seasoning Blend

3 T. Italian seasoning (or one each of Basil, Parsley, and Oregano)

2 t. onion powder

3t. garlic powder

1 t. black pepper

1t. salt

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1. Put it in a bowl (or anything else really) and mix it up.

2. Once your steak has marinated to perfection, and is about to go on the grill, rub the spices into both sides of each piece. You don’t want to go overkill, so I’d suggest about a teaspoon per side-ish. This depends on the size of your steak.

3. Cook those babies to your desired done-ness, and enjoy! You’re a chef!

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I hope you enjoy some great steak this season (or some great pasta dishes, if you’re more of a veggie person). Any favorite summer recipes?

Have a lovely evening (or day if you’re on the opposite side of the world. Hi over there!).

❤ Morgan

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