Saturday, March 26, 2011

Shannon Learns To Cook Tri-Tip

Shannon is feeling too happy.

Mondays are often busy for our family.  Brahms and Miriam have music lessons around the time that I would be cooking dinner.   Papa Murphy's Pizza is a convenient solution most of the time.   However, when I plan ahead the family can have something homemade in spite of the hectic schedule.  Last week there were two tri-tip steaks that were marinating in the I asked Shannon to grill them while we were at the music lessons.  The idea scared her since she hasn't used the outdoor grill before.  So I pre-heated the grill and left her very detailed instructions.   She was nervous but she had no choice because her Dad was on a conference call - she was the only hope.  To her amazement, she cooked the steak while she did her homework.  We had dinner before seven o'clock.

Spring Salad with Feta-Cranberries (dried)
Grilled Tri tip Steak
Tater Tots

Grilled Tri-Tip Beef Steak

 3-4  lb. tri-tip steak
3  Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2  Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1  Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Montreal Steak Seasoning

  1. Prepare marinade by mixing balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and worcestershire sauce.
  2. Coat the meat with the marinade one or up to five days in advance by placing the marinade and the meat in a Ziploc bag.  Squeeze out air and seal the bag then put it in the refrigerator.
  3. One hour before cooking, bring out the meat to get to room temperature. 
  4. Preheat grill to 450-500°F.  Liberally coat the meat with Montreal Steak seasoning.
  5. Place the steaks on the grill to sear for two minutes on each side. 
  6. Turn down the temperature to medium heat (350°F) and cook the meat for 10 minutes on each side.  For thicker cuts of steaks, increase cooking time accordingly. 
  7. Take the meat off the grill and place on a tray.  Cover with foil loosely and let it stand for at least 15 minutes.
  8. Slice the steak across the grain and arrange on a serving platter.
  9. For a balanced meal, serve with your favorite carb-food, vegetable, and fruits.

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