London Broil

London Broil (Flank steak, or can substitute hangar steak)

Flank steak — 1 # for 3 people

garlic, a few cloves, minced
Maggi seasoning (German — Würze), several good squirts
Ketchup (I used Sir Kensington), 2-3 Tablespoons
Red wine vinegar, a good amount, about 1/3 c (5+ T)
Olive oil, 2 T
Soy sauce, 1-2 T?
Honey, 1 T
Optional: Fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs

Mix with whisk. Taste and balance flavors — need more wine vinegar for pungency? Too much Maggi? … add olive oil.

Pat meat dry and put in plastic resealable bag. Pour marinade on top of meat, seal bag and rub the meat a bit.
Refrigerate/marinate for 4-8 hours, or up to 1 day, turning at least a couple times and perhaps rubbing the meat a bit. (Could go 2 days but acid may cause meat to get unappealingly mushy)

Prepare shallow roasting pan, lined with foil. (Quarter sheet pan works well for me.)
Broil meat 3-4 mins per side, to 130°. Let rest, semi-covered for 5-8 mins. Slice thinly diagonally against the grain.

Spice for grilled rib eye steaks

It’s summertime, grill time.

One of my long time faves for the few times I grill steak is this spice rub from Gourmet Magazine. Even my dear departed Dad didn’t complain that I messed up his steak since he’s a bare steak kinda guy.

Here’s the rub:


1 T kosher salt

1/2 t cumin, ground

1/8 t allspice

Mix up rub and rub it into steaks 1/2 hour before grilling, or when you light the charcoal.

And they give good advice of telling you to let steaks come to room temp for 1/2 hour. And other grilling instructions, here.

Leftover hint:

If you have steak leftover, particularly if like me you cooked it too rare, a great re-use is stir fry. Summer or sweet onions, garlic scapes, carrots, peppers, mushrooms, snow peas with rice and steak go together great! Try with Asian vinaigrette.

My mother’s Brisket

Not my mother, someone’s mother, or maybe just the title of the recipe.


4 to 6 # Beef Brisket (or Bottom Round Rump Roast, butterflied — not a great substitute since it has a different, perhaps dryer, texture, but it works)

4-5 Onions, cut into 1/2″ pieces (cut in half, then 1/2″+ slices each way, cut side down)

3 Garlic cloves, minced

2-4 portobello mushroom caps

Paprika, preferably Hungarian, but Spanish works a-ok


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Put 2 T oil into Dutch oven or heavy pan and heat in oven for 10 mins.
  2. Dry meat with paper towels, and season w/ S&P.  Place meat in pan in oven and cook uncovered for 30 mins
  3. While meat is doing its browning/searing thing, cut up onions. Heat large sauté pan, add 2 T olive oil, and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally until onions start to brown. During this time, season with S&P. Reduce heat and cook about 20 minutes until very soft and caramelized, uncovered..  Add garlic, paprika, S&P and cook one minute.  Add 4 c water and heat.
  4. When meat is done roasting, pour onion mixture over it, reduce oven heat to 350 degrees, and return to oven, covered. Check occasionally that liquid has not evaporated and if low, add more water. Turn meat over after a while to cook on other side.
  5. Cook 3-1/2 hours or until not quite tender. Remove from oven and slice.  Add sliced portobellos, mixing into liquid and return all to oven, and cook another hour, covered.
  6. When done, separate meat from onions and store in refrigerator separately.
  7. Next day, remove fat and heat in oven together. Some purée the onions to make a thick gravy. Not necessary to my mind and taste!
  8. Serve with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and perhaps a nice winter salad of watercress, pears, blue cheese and walnuts.