The Crazy Suburban Mom: New Jerseyaki Fuhgeddaboudit!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Jerseyaki Fuhgeddaboudit!

Honestly, when I'm at the meat case $4.39 ( a pound ) is a number I point and laugh at but I - Well here's the thing: First, I didn't buy it and B. There are a few kinds of sirloin; one is a bargain at that price.  It might have been a good deal.  So family, kudos for trying.

 My only option was to marinate this shoe bottom for a long time using this cutting/slicing thing I do.


I try to do the cuts with the grain for the marinade...

...and then against the grain when serving. Don't cut all the way through or you'll get slices; got nothing against slices but that's a whole different recipe. You just want the cuts to be about a quarter way thorough.  It's easier if you freeze the steak for a few minutes first.

I put the steak in a gallon  zip-loc bag and added some - A few tablespoons will do - of the marinade (recipe at the end of post) I made a couple a few days ago. Cups of marinade aren't needed because I was leaving this in my fridge for a ventigigajillion minutes.


Make that a day or two.

Not sure I got that cut with the grain thing right, such is life.

After a day and a half I took it out of the fridge, let it sit a bit to take the chill off, brushed each side with a little more marinade and threw it on a hot grill.


This was the best steak I've ever made.  And Ginger thought so, too.


That's not a new picture of Ginger.  I wanted to get a new one but I couldn't get my camera.  Every time I tried to leave the room she began hurling herself against the cabinets trying to shake the steak plate off the counter...

 Never underestimate the strength of a ten pound dog going after a steak.  You could lose a steak like that.

Or a thumb.

As an aside before the sauce recipe - Have you noticed it's suddenly very cool to be from New Jersey and there are a butt-load of reality shows with really, really Jersey people?  The Real Housewives of NJ, Jerseylicious.... And I just saw a new one starting in June about a New Jersey dress shop called  Jersey Couture.

Well in honor of all that, and because in real life I'm boring and not funny and could never be a reality show I'm calling my Teriyaki Sauce something befitting a sauce from the great reality show state of Jersey.

New Jerseyaki Sauce  

1/2 Cup Soy Sauce 
2/3 Cup of Light Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Vermouth
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger
3 large cloves garlic smashed

Mise en place it all and then fuhgeddaboudit.  Sorry.  Couldn't resist a Jersey joke... Moving on.... Put everything in a small sauce pan. Heat gently to dissolve sugar. You don't want a hard boil here, nothing dramatic.   Barely simmer for a few minutes until it reduces and thickens slightly.  You will end up with a schooch shy of a cup.

*If you cook this too long you will end up with a thick yummy syrup.   Much sweeter (and probably too much sweeter) than salty but not ruined, just add more soy sauce to taste.*

Because this is so perfectly timed I'm submitting this recipe to the first ever Cuisinart recipe swap today, May 27th from 11am-6pm. It will be run as a true swap: give a recipe, get a recipe. The site's here and there are recipes up already!

I just posted this recipe and am waiting for it go up so we will see what they think of Jerseyaki!


Maureen 5/27/10, 10:52 AM  

Looks good girl!

Bossy Betty 5/27/10, 10:58 AM  

A vegetarian, I am going to focus on the dog here and tell you that is the cutest danged animal I have seen for a long time!!!

The Crazy Suburban Mom 5/27/10, 11:02 AM  

Maureen, It really was!

Betty, She's a pip! And I guess I should have mentioned that I thick sliced some sweet onions and gave them a swat of Jerseyaki too, huh?

And than grilled them...

And they were OMG, yummy! I was going to, but I didn't have a picture so I didn't. Shoot.

Vintage Christine 5/27/10, 12:11 PM  

When Betty started out by saying she was a vegetarian and that she was going to focus on the dog I immediately thought, "Ah ha, she's going over to the dark (meat) side!" but nope, she was instead commenting on Ginger's cuteness. New Jerseyaki marinade sounds pretty good. I wonder if I'm allowed to prepare it, though, seeing as how it's Yankee food and I'm in Mississippi . . .

Babes Mami 5/27/10, 11:05 PM  

If Ginger approves who am I to argue?!

Kirhat 5/28/10, 4:35 AM  

Nothwithstanding the cuteness staring back at me, I still find the recipe quiet intriguing. In fact I just finish buying the ingredients from our local meat dealer coz' I wanted to try this now.

Seek No More

Lin 5/28/10, 9:25 PM  

Oh, Tracy, you were Jersey before it was cool. Yep, you and Ginger. I love Ginger. I love her attitude AND her cute photo. I may have to kidnap her and add her to the madness here. ;)

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