When you want to tenderize a tougher cut of meat, like flank steak or London Broil, you have to marinate it to loosen up those meat fibers a bit. This is one of my favorite steak marinades to use on London Broil. If you can’t get flank or London Broil, use a piece of lean chuck roast. The flavor on the outer crust of meat is just divine. The longer you marinate the meat, the more tender the meat will get. Marinating all day long is preferred, but a minimum of 4-5 hours is a must lest you end up with a very tough, difficult to chew experience. My husband cooked ours tonight a bit too long (medium) for our personal taste, as we prefer medium rare, but it was still quite tasty and still fairly tender. This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins beyond Induction. If you are still on induction, sub in some beef broth for the red wine.
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3 lb. piece of London Broil or flank steak
½ clove garlic, minced
1½ tsp. tomato paste
½ c. red wine (or beef broth if still on Induction)
¼ c. low sodium soy sauce
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
DIRECTIONS: Coat the meat with the black pepper and set in a glass or plastic marinating pan. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring in the tomato paste well until it is evenly distributed in the liquid. Using a basting brush, drizzle the marinade over the meat and place marinating pan in the refrigerator. Marinate for at least 4 hours to all day long, drizzling over the meat carefully hourly. Turn the meat once or twice while marinating.
When ready to cook, prepare a hot charcoal fire. Lift meat out of marinating pan and discard the marinade. Place meat directly over the hot coals and grill for about 8-10 minutes on a side or until it reaches your desired stage (around 8 minutes per side for medium rare; around 10 for medium as shown). These two cuts of meat are really too tough to cook them well done. Just being honest. Serve with a nice salad or your favorite green side dish. This is delicious with compound butter, if you have a favorite recipe. Here’s the one I used tonight: Garlic Herb Butter.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: As the marinade is discarded, a firm count per serving is difficult to arrive at. No more than 1 T. is consumed on the meat surfaces, if THAT much. 1 T. marinade contains around 1.27 net carbs, so that is what is added to the serving below.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 6-7 people nicely (maybe 8), so each serving of meat with 1 T. marinade contains around:
297 calories, 12g fat, 1.3 carbs, 0 fiber, 0 NET CARBS, 44 g protein, 101 mg sodium