Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Father's Day (in Canada) is on the horizon! What are you making for your dad?! Are you stuck - do you need new recipes?! Well you are in luck! Food Network has created a page specially for Father's Day meal planning. A complete menu with 25 different choices! Celebrate your dad this Father's Day by spicing up your regular cooking - try something new and fun! Here is an few ideas to start you off.

 Flank Steak Fajitas 

- 1 whole Flank steak 1.5 inches thick
- 1 tablespoon chili powder 
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander 
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 

- 2 2 limes zested and juiced 
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil 
- 6 6-8 soft tortilla shells 
- 1 pinch Salt and pepper to taste

Summer Salsa
- 3-4 large ripe tomatoes chopped small dice
- 2-3 green onions sliced thin 
- 1 red bell pepper seeded, chopped small dice 
- 1/2 cup red onion finely chopped 
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves 
- 1 Juice of 1 lime or 2 pending on how juicy they are 
- ½ of a chopped jalapeno chili seeded, finely diced 
- 1 pinch Salt and pepper to taste

 Optional garnishes sour cream, cilantro, peppers, and guacamole

- To make the salsa, combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Combine all spices for the rub in a small bowl mix until evenly combined. Place the steak in a non-reactive container like a ceramic dish and apply the rub all over steak with slight pressure as to tear little micro pockets of flavor into the meat.
- Add the lime zest and juice to the steaks and drizzle with the oil. Cover and place the meat in the refrigerator to marinate overnight.
- Remove the meat from refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking and let the steaks come to room temperature.
- Preheat barbeque to high heat 475F-500F (246C-260C).
- Lightly season the steak with salt and pepper and drizzle with oil and take them to the grill. Oil grill to help prevent the meat from sticking to the grill grates.
- Place steak directly on the grill and cook for 3 minutes or until nice golden char marks are achieved. Give the steak a quarter turn and grill a further 2 minutes. Flip the steak and repeat.
- Remove from grill cover loosely with foil and let rest 15 minutes.
- Lower the heat on the barbecue to medium heat (350F) (176C). Right before you are ready to serve, place the tacos in foil and warm on the barbeque for 2 minutes with lid down.
- Cut the now rested meat against the grain in thin slices. Serve with fresh salsa and warm taco shells.

Fajitas are such a fun family meal - especially for kids! Everyone can create their own according to their tastes! Flank steak is also a delicious part of meat, which when seasoned and cooked properly enhances any meal it is a part of!

Check out all of the Father's Day Menu items from Food Network HERE!

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