30 June 2011

Celebrate Canada Day with Canadian Whiskey and Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Garlic-Chive Mashed Potatoes Remake

Canadian Whiskey and Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Garlic-Chive Mashed Potatoes

Canada's 144th birthday is fast approaching tomorrow on July 1st. For many this is just another long weekend but Canada Day is an opportunity to gather in every community from coast to coast to coast to celebrate the vision of our ancestors. We celebrate with community events, backyard barbecues, family picnics and plenty of fireworks in each and every community across the country. Canada is a melting pot of cultures, sights and sounds which holds true for our culinary diversity as well.

This year not only will we be wearing red and white T-shirts and sun hats at the MTBT household (the colours of the Canadian flag), but, we will also be enjoying red and white dishes... from appetizers to dessert. I have dreamed up a red and white menu that would make our ancestors proud and one that celebrates the Canadian spirit. After all what is a celebration without food!!! And what is Canada Day without red and white somewhere in the picture, or as in this case the star of the show!!

Last years patriotic menu consisted of a Tomato Salad with Pickled Shallots and Goat Cheese Crouton , Spanish-inspired tapas of Romesco with Grilled Bread and Shrimp, Baby Scallops Ceviche in Radicchio Cups,  Red and White Potato and Radish SaladHalibut with Grilled Red Pepper Harissa and a finale of Raspberry Tiramisu.

This years My Face Red (and White) menu started off with Rhubarb Lemonade for both young and old. As an appetizer we had Red Pepper Hummus Sushi prepared for a promotion. Next comes the main event with steak grilled on the barbecue with a tasty side of "smashed potatoes". This red and white dish is a favourite around here so I had to revisit it. The original recipe comes from Cooking Light magazine and uses bourbon but I decided to Canadian-ify this dish and use Rye Whiskey.
Of course you don't have to be Canadian to enjoy these summertime favourites. You just have to have a love of good food which as bloggers I know you do!!!Each recipe uses fresh local ingredients and celebrates our local producers and farmers. I can't think of a better way to celebrate Canada or any country in the world than to take pride in what we have to offer from coast to coast.

**Canadian Rye Whiskey and Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Garlic-Chive Mashed Potatoes**
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup minced green onions
  • 1/4 cup bourbon or rye whisky
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (2-pound) flank steak, trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 pounds small red potatoes
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/3 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives (or green onions)
  • 8 fresh chives, cut into 1-inch pieces (or green onions)
1. To prepare steak, combine first 7 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag; add steak. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 8 hours or overnight, turning bag occasionally. Remove steak from bag, reserving marinade.

2. Prepare grill.

3. Place steak on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut diagonally across grain into thin slices.

4. Combine reserved marinade and cornstarch in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.

5. To prepare potatoes, place potatoes and garlic in a large Dutch oven; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes or until tender. Drain.

6. Return potatoes and garlic to pan, and place over medium heat. Add sour cream, milk, butter, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mash potato mixture to desired consistency with a potato masher. Stir in chopped chives. Mound 3/4 cup potatoes on each of 8 plates; arrange 3 ounces steak around each serving of potatoes. Drizzle 1 tablespoon sauce on each plate; sprinkle with chive pieces, if desired.

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  1. Oh, can I come over for dinner? ;-P That dish looks terribly scrumptious.



  2. This looks heavenly. I am a potato lover and these looks delightful!

  3. This look yummy Valli!!! xgloria

  4. My passport is up to date! This sounds delicious.


  5. I know that my plate would be clean! This looks wonderful. I am off to get some flank steak!

  6. I'm coming to your house tomorrow! Looks scrumptious!

  7. My father's favorite drink all his life was Canadian Club and water. Wouldn't he have loved this flank steak?!!
    But I got held up with the potatoes. Is anything in the world better than sour cream and chives in potatoes? I love it and never make it for myself.
    Can't wait to hear what you're having for dessert, although I don't think you can beat last year's raspberry tiramisu.
    Gosh, Val, I wish I was invited to your house!

  8. I like this red and white theme! Sounds like so much fun. Happy Canada Day, and have a great weekend!

  9. There's something about the brown sugar/steak combo that just reels me in! Sounds like a fabulous meal.

  10. great recipe for a celebration!!!!!
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  11. I honestly wish I had this delicious meal in front of me right now!

  12. I'm always looking for great ways to prepare flank steak (one of my favorites) - I love this. Whisky? Brown Sugar? I'm happy.

  13. We love grilled flank steak in the summer and the potato dish is the perfect compliment.

    The flavors all sound delicious!

  14. This all sounds sooo scrumptious! We thought it was a perfect idea for Canada Day BBQing and are going to share it with our Facebook page tomorrow! Make sure to "Like" us and check it out! Have a fantastic Canada Day :D

    - The Redpath Sugar Acts of Sweetness Team

  15. Val, this sounds wonderful! Happy Canada Day!

  16. Oh look at that meat..!! Fantastic. You are so blessed with fresh produce in Canada!

  17. Happy Canada Day! You have a real banquet there ;)

  18. Hope you had a wonderful Canada Day! The celebrations looked really fun. Plus, the royals stopped by to celebrate with you guys. :) Delicious meal for the occasion.

  19. That steak marinade does sound delish...very Canadian with the whiskey. Hope you had a wonderful long weekend...Ontario calls!

  20. This looks like an amazing tribute!

  21. terrific homage to your wonderful nation, val! lots of powerful and delicious flavors going on here!


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