in mother russia, steak broils you!

I like lists. I like the organization of them. I like adding things to them. I like checking things off them (actually I’m more of a strike-through person). At work, at home, and ESPECIALLY in the kitchen. For 2 years I lived not in walking distance to a grocery store, so food purchasing was done once or twice a month thanks to Zipcar and LISTS.  I’d plan a few recipes and make sure to get all the ingredients. It was a good system.

Now that I’m walking distance to 3 (yes THREE!) grocery stores, we do the European go-to-the-market-everyday-for-just-what-you-need. Which is also a very nice system.

So Monday. Manfriend and I have returned from Florida (exhausted, battered, and broke as I predicted) and there is NO food to be found. I work one of the most frantic 11-hour days in history and (still frantically) meet Manfriend at Safeway. Where ALL HELL PROCEEDS TO BREAK LOOSE. I have no list, no plan, no system. Manfriend would rather gouge his eyes out than be in a grocery store at 7pm on a weekday, and THE SHELVES ARE BARE. They are out of milk, most produce, chicken breasts, and anything else you need.  At what point did the new shiny Safeway become Communist Russia?

Needless to say, we come home with a motely crew of goods. One of which is a large flank steak, which I must have thrown into the cart right before the Red Army came storming through the doors. A little search through  my Google reader, and this little gem was discovered. Cool cucumber, zesty peppers, salty and creamy feta–all over STEAK. Yea, this was going to be good.

Flank Steak with Cucumber-Pepperoncini Relish
from Cooking Light


  • 1  (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed
  • 1  tablespoon  bottled minced garlic
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1  tablespoon  pickled pepperoncini pepper pickling liquid
  • 1  tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2  teaspoon  Dijon mustard
  • 1  pickled pepperoncini pepper, chopped
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2  tablespoons  crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2  English cucumber, quartered lengthwise and sliced (about 1 cup)


  • Preheat broiler. (i love steps like this)
  • Sprinkle both sides of flank steak evenly with garlic, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Place steak on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray

the grain on the steak makes it easy to shove the little garlic bits riiiiiight in there.

  • Broil steak 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.

FIRE! I did 7 minutes per side for a 1.75lb steak, which came out on the "well" side of medium.

  • Place steak on a cutting board; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Uncover; cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices.

the smoke was billowing into the camera (and my face) in swirls. kinda like standing over a sidewalk grate.

  • Combine pepperoncini pickling liquid, olive oil, and mustard in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

do not fear the pepperoncinis. they are salty and tangy and delicious.

  • Add chopped pepperoncini pepper, parsley, cheese, and cucumber to oil mixture in bowl; toss well to combine.

and now, rapid-fire relish assembly.




despite a second trip to safeway, they still had no fresh parsley. Manfriend and I cautiously tasted this stuff first and determined it to be acceptable. It has salt in it though, so bear in mind when seasoning.


ta-da! (full disclosure: i made this before the steak even went in the oven. i do what i WANT.)

  • Serve steak with relish. (Slice steak diagonally on the grain)






I also made some brussels to go with because sprouts and bacon were 2 of the 6 ingredients available at the store on Monday.


The photo is not quite up to my standards…but there was anxious, hungry foot-stomping and wimpering going on right directly behind me. This was his plate.

The layered flavors in this are really fantastic–every ingredient gets its time in the spotlight, and they all come together so, so nicely.  Fast, fantasic, and hello–healthy! Cooking light clocks this at 219 calories per serving.  Are you kidding me? Go fight the commies and get yourself a flank steak immediately.


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