Marinated Steak Bites are a new favorite amongst the menfolk here at the Yankee Homestead. Older Brother refers to it as “that steak cooked in lard.” Mr. Native Texan calls it “perfect.”
And to think, just a few years ago I was still refusing to eat red meat, let alone buy it or cook it for my family. I’ve come a long way!
We have a freezer filled with grass-fed beef, and I was running out of ideas for preparing the many, many steaks. Our previous grilling endeavors tended to produce steaks that were a little on the tough side. Not so great for toddler teeth!
So I did a little research, which led me to these helpful posts…
- Tenderizing Marinades
- Help Me Out: Grass-fed Steaks (Keeper of the Home blog–many helpful comments posted)
- Steak Marinade Recipes
While we’re on the topic, here’s a helpful Culinary Grammar Tip
- Marinade = (noun) A sauce made of oil, vinegar, spices, herbs, etc., in which meat, fish, or other food is soaked before cooking to flavor or soften it. [Notice the “d“.]
- Marinate = (verb) To soak (meat, fish, or other food) in a marinade. [Notice the “t“.]
…and I discovered a secret formula.
Are you ready to know the secret formula for a delicious steak marinade?
1 part oil + 1 part acid + 1 part seasonings
That’s it, folks! You can tweak that formula to meet your tastes. The recipe listed below is what I typically use.
- [Use a meat tenderizer all over the steaks, several times.]
- Whisk together all ingredients for marinade.
- Place steaks in flat-bottomed glass dish and cover with marinade, making sure to coat all sides of the steaks.
- Marinate all day or overnight.
- Cut meat into bite-sized pieces or strips. (This also can be done prior to marinating).
- Heat several tablespoons of lard in a cast iron skillet.
- Cook steak pieces, being careful not to overcook. Grass-fed beef requires shorter cooking times!
- Serve and enjoy!
I recommend using a meat tenderizer prior to marinating. We've discovered one that's pretty awesome--read more about it here: 2 Easy Steps to Tender, Grass-fed Steak.
Serve Marinated Steak Bites with lots of veggies:
- Roasted Veggies
- Mashed Cauliflower Faux-tatoes
- Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon
- Green Beans Almondine with OJ
- Sauteed Red Peppers
- Sauteed Spinach with Bacon
- Leftover Brown Rice with Pine Nuts, Spinach & Raisins
- Toasted Quinoa with Sauteed Veggies