breezy summer evenings call for simple meals on the grill

Evenings like tonight make me appreciate our little 5 x 10 foot outdoor “oasis”.  We’ve got a little balcony over looking a courtyard and the city below that has just enough space for our herb garden, a bistro table and chairs and an electric grill.

Though I do miss having that authentic charred taste you would get from grilling on a charcoal or propane grill (we’re not allowed to have either of those in our building), having the ability to sit outside – enjoying the sunset while sipping some wine and grilling components of dinner is something we don’t take for granted as city dwellers.

A few bushel ingredients remained in the fridge as I was planning what would be for dinner tonight and I wasn’t feeling too creative but tIMG_0711he latest issue of Bon Appétit would have to serve as my muse. I found an amazing recipe for Flank Steak with a Corn Salsa and as luck would have it, I still had corn, grape tomatoes and an onion from my bushel and flank steak was on sale at the grocery store.

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Grilling the corn gives the kernels a bit of char and smoke that provides an additional layer of depth to the fresh salsa and the dry rub for the steak is simple but certainly packs a punch.

Dry Rubbed Flank Steak with Grilled Corn Salsa

Ingredients:

Dry Rub

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder (I used chipotle powder instead)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon English mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

Steak & Salsa

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for grill
  • 3 ears of corn, shucked
  • ¼ red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • cup fresh lime juice
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • pounds flank steak

Directions:

Dry Rub

  • Combine brown sugar, chile powder, paprika, salt, pepper, cayenne, granulated garlic, mustard powder, coriander, and cumin in a small bowl.

Steak & Salsa

  • Prepare a grill for medium-high heat; oil grate. Grill corn, turning occasionally, until lightly browned all over, 8–10 minutes; let cool. Cut kernels from cobs and place in a medium bowl. Add onion, jalapeño, tomatoes, cilantro, and lime juice to 
corn and toss to combine; season with salt and pepper. Set salsa aside.
  • Meanwhile, coat steak with all of dry rub, packing on more than once if needed, and drizzle with 2 Tbsp. oil to help rub adhere. Grill steak, turning occasionally and moving to a cooler spot on grill as needed to control flare-ups, until nicely browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 130°, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes.
  • Return steak to grill just to recrisp exterior, about 1 minute per side. Transfer back to cutting board and slice against the grain. Serve topped with salsa.
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