One of the many, many things that I both love and hate about my local (independent) grocery store is its selection of food. Sometimes, you'll be overwhelmed with options, and sometimes, you'll go in for a flank steak and be met with skirt and hanger steaks and nothing else.
was the first time I've seen a hanger steak carried in our store, and I
couldn't believe how inexpensive it was. If my reading of Bon Appetit
is anything to go by, hanger steak has become really popular with chefs
over the last few years for its depth of flavour. Its texture makes it a
great steak to grill up for fajitas too.
I opted to marinate the steak before grilling it using my all time favourite marinade: a Pam Collacott recipe from way back in the day. This is both my mother's and my favourite recipe. Best of all, if you let the meat marinate overnight, you're practically guaranteed tenderness, regardless of the cut.
Pam Collacott's Budget Steak for a Bunch
(adapted from Canadian Living)
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp canola oil
1½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp minced onion
1 small clove garlic, minced
½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper
¼ tsp dried thyme
1 lb steak (your choice of cut)
1. Whisk all ingredients except steak together in the bowl/bag you plan on marinating the meat in. Place meat into marinade, turning to coat. Let marinade in fridge for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
2. Grill steak for 6 minutes, turning once for rare, about 8-9 minutes for medium and 12 for well done. Let rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting into thin slices.
In case you haven't seen hanger steak before, here's what the whole marinated and grilled looks like: