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Grilled Flank Steaks with Herbed Butter

iron boosting flank steak with herbed butter and mile high spinach  Do you wish you could carve out more time into your 24 hour day and have more energy?

Then we have to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying life. Grilled Flank Steaks served with herbed butter, mile high spinach served and bacon bashed potatoes is a complete and tasty meal that you can get on your table in less than 30 minutes (excluding marinating time).

Grilled flank steak with mile high spinach and herbed butter

This time of the year can be draining. A main trigger for feeling exhausted can be anemia (low iron level) and just the pure fact that you have to fight through the crowds and cue up for everything during this time of the year can be very mentally tiring. It just zaps the life out of you. I can't make the cue lines shorter or make the hustle bustle go away but I can share with you one meal that will make you feel energized and carve more time into your busy weeknight meal routine.

Grilled flank steak with mile high spinach and herbed butter

Sometimes when my iron level is at a very low-level, I will actually crave steak. It is my body's way of letting me know it is time to take care of myself. This week I was craving the tender succulent herbed marinated beef over the hot coals.

Grilled flank steak with mile high spinach and herbed butter

A delightful way to add extra flavor and depth to a dish is to make a quick herbed butter and you can even make this in advance and store it in the freezer. Herbed butter is lovely on top of the flank steak and potatoes and brings the whole dish together.

Grilled flank steak with mile high spinach and herbed butter

Garlic infused mile high Fresh spinach quickly stir fried to keep in all the vitamins, minerals and iron with just a tad bit of salt and pepper was exactly what my body was craving. To fill up my hungry teenage boys I microwaved some potatoes, bashed them with my fist and sautéed them in a pan with a little bacon and seasonings to make a full and complete meal. My teenage boys will let you know that, "Bacon makes everything taste better".

Grilled flank steak with mile high spinach and herbed butter

Iron Boosting Grilled Flank Steaks with Herbed Butter and Mile High Spinach

Serves 4 adults or 1 hungry teenager

Herbed Butter:

  • 1 cup room temperature butter (if lactose intolerant there are many brands of margarine without milk products)
  • 2 teaspoons or so of mixed fresh and/or dried herbs (herbs de Provence, rosemary, chives, basil, garlic, thyme, or whatever your little heart fancies)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest (optional but it gives it a nice zip)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 sheet of plastic wrap

Step 1: Mix the butter with the herbs, salt and pepper and set aside.

Step 2: If serving right away just place in serving dish. If you want to make and have available for other dishes then take one sheet of plastic wrap and set on your counter. Lay one long rope of butter onto one edge of plastic wrap but leaving room on the edges so that you can tie.  Roll the butter tightly and then tie the edges. Place herbed butter roll in a plastic sealable bag and label with contents and date and place in freezer. Use within 3 months. Just cut off a little wedge any time you need it and put back in the freezer for safe keeping.

Step 3: Enjoy herbed butter on top of steak, potatoes, bread, pasta or any dish when you need a little extra creamy herbed flavoring.

Grilled Flank Steaks

  • 2 pounds of flank steak
  • dash of Olive oil
  • dash of balsamic vinegar
  • dash of tamari (soy sauce)
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of dried or fresh herbs ( I used a combination of fresh rosemary, herbs de Provence but use whatever you like or have on hand)
  • lots of fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of steak seasoning just before you place on grill (optional)

Step 1: Place the steaks, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, tamari, garlic, onion, herbs and pepper in a plastic bag and marinate for at least 6 hours of even over night in the refrigerator. (If you do this step before you head off to work, you will have dinner on the table in no time)

Step 2: Preheat grill to medium high. (You can also use a grill pan on your stove top if you do not have a grill) Take the steaks out of the refrigerator and remove excess marinade. Sprinkle steaks with steak seasoning and allow your steaks to come to room temperature before grilling. (Don't put cold steaks on a grill)

Step 3: Grill flank steaks for approximately 3-4 minutes on each side. Do not overcook the flank steak as will be very tough. A perfect tender flank steak will be medium rare and nicely pink in the inside and still have some bounce when you touch it with your fingers. Please do not be sticking any thermometers inside your meat or you will lose all of those delicious juices. Instead, please review this message on the finger method for deciding when you steak is done. http://bamskitchen.com/2011/07/19/grilled-australian-steaks-with-bams-zip-sauce/

Step 4: Take your steak off the grill and let it rest while covered for about 10 minutes while you make your other side dishes. Slice flank steak very thinly across the grain and serve with herbed butter or maybe Bam's Zip sauce.

Bacon Bashed Potatoes

  • 4 medium-sized potatoes
  • 1/4 chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried or fresh herbs of your preference
  • 3 slices of bacon chopped
  • pepper to taste

Step 1: Use your trusty microwave and place your potatoes in a microwave dish with a little sprinkle of water and poke a couple of holes in your potatoes with a knife. Cover your potatoes with a damp tea cloth and microwave for about 8 minutes or until you can easily poke with knife. (If you do not have a microwave oven you could boil them on top of stove whole until tender or bake in oven but this takes much longer to prepare)

Step 2: Place bacon, onion and garlic in frying pan and cook until done and onions are translucent.

Step 3: Take your potatoes out of the microwave oven and bash them lightly with your fist. (Go ahead and take out that holiday frustration on your potatoes...long lines and cues of the holidays season cause a lot of stress. I know you want pulverize your potatoes but have a little self-control as we are aiming for just bashed potatoes and not whipped potatoes.)

Step 4: Place you bashed potatoes in the pan with the bacon and brown lightly on both sides. Season to taste and enjoy with your grilled flank steaks, chicken, fish, pork or any lovely meal.

Mile High Spinach

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves of fresh minced garlic
  • 4 pounds of fresh washed spinach (it cooks down)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: In a large pan place olive oil and garlic and saute just until aromatic and then add fresh washed spinach

Step 2: Season to taste and it takes only about 2 minutes for it to quickly cook down. Stir well and quickly remove from pan and serve as a favorite "Popeye the sailor man". high iron side dish for any western meal.

This meal would be lovely for a dinner party as well. I found this lovely simple dessert, dark chocolate and orange mousse, from one of my dear fellow bloggers, Neha. This dessert would be the perfect ending to this meal.  Please take a minute to check out her dessert and all of her lovely recipes. http://feedingyourappetite.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/dark-chocolate-and-orange-mousse/

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Grilled Flank Steaks with Herbed Butter

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November 30, 2012

  • Cook: 30 mins

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  • I really like your method of “bashing” potatoes! Works for me. And bacon does make everything taste better. I haven’t had a steak for ages, and now I’m totally craving one. This looks like a terrific meal. Love the Mile High Spinach – as you say, it really does cook down a lot. Fun post – thanks.

  • That’s a meal my two sassy gals would love! Your flank steak looks perfectly prepared. 🙂 I just had dinner and now I want flank steak with herb butter.

    • Thank you Karista. My teenage boys sure loved this meal. I think this one, maybe minus the Spinach, is big with the teenage clan. Take Care, BAM

  • Eha

    A loud ‘yes’ as far as ‘mile high spinach’ goes! And the whole of the oh’so’tasty menu 🙂 ! After nearly 30 years of learning about nutrition, and still doing so, the one lesson I have surely appreciated is that we all are individuals: I firmly believe our bodies tell us what they need . . . sometimes it is the iron and zinc and CoQ10 etc of a lovely, bloody [sorry!] steak!!

    • Eha, you are absolutely right! So I must be craving magnesium when I crave chocolate? What are your thoughts on that topic? Take care, BAM

      • Eha

        Chocolate:? – definitely!!!! OK: only 70% + and about 30 gms/day 😉 ! Ha’de’hah!!!!

        • A square of dark 70 % chocolate every once in a while makes mama very happy!

  • Mmm herb butter. Making me hungry!

  • Wow, looks like a dinner of my dreams! Everything prepared to perfection, juicy steak, potatoes, spinach, herbed butter mmmmmmm mouthwatering!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Thank you Sibella. I wish my teenagers gave me compliments like that but all I get, at best, is a cleaned plate and little groan… Teenagers! Uggh! How about you? Take Care, BAM

  • Gorgeous meal! Your photos are making me crave steak! My ponytails would whole-heartedly agree with your boys that bacon makes everything taste better…I’d say add a little of your herbed butter and now you’re talking my language!

    • Thank You. My boys think that bacon is one of the major food groups. I can’t say that I disagree with them. This herbed butter goes great on so many things and so handy to make in advance and keep in the freezer. Take Care, BAM

  • Yum! So trying this!!!

  • That looks like a delicious way to get more iron!

  • I sure here you, my whole family must be low on iron, lol! I, for one, am craving this meal.. so it would seem I am in need of iron. I’d keep those potatoes on the menu too.. good hearty food for a cold winter’s day!

    • We grill out all year around, even when we lived in snowy Michigan. However, now in Hong kong I don’t even have to shovel a path out to the grill which is a relief. Meat and potatoes is a meal that my teenagers come running home for. Take care, BAM

  • My husband just found out what has been ailing him for months – he is allergic to soy, gluten, dairy and eggs (oh, and did I mention garlic, mushrooms and peanuts?) – I see a lot of steak and potatoes in our future – without the herb butter….

    • Dear Dawn, well at least he knows what is ailing him. Believe it or not, I suffer deeply myself from egg, gluten and dairy intolerance. I don’t let that stop my cooking for my family but I just adapt my portion. However, to have an intolerance to garlic would cause my world to come crashing down around me!!! Have him start some good probotics and I will start posting some of recipes I make for myself so that you can give them a try. Take care, BAM

  • All I can say if, Bam your family is so lucky to have you! The meal looks so tasty!

  • Heaven on a plate Bam. I had a simplified version of this last night – a pan fried steak with a microwaved, baked potato topped with fresh garlic and chives and a side of mushrooms. Yours sound MUCH nicer – love the idea of the bacon bashed spuddys.
    🙂 Mandy

    • I don’t know Mandy your description of your last nights dinner really had my mouth watering. I guess I still need more iron as I am still craving steak! Thanks again and have a super weekend. BAM

  • Bam! the steak looks really juicy and lovely. I love the idea of the herb butter served with it. It looks really delicious! I do agree with your boys that bacon just makes everything taste better!

    • Thank you Jo. I think I have a new idea for an alarm clock for teenagers, an alarm clock that emits a bacon essence. The only way that I can get my teenagers up in the morning is if I fry up some bacon. Their idea of a perfect day is for it to be raining bacon. Take Care, BAM

  • Listening to your body is so important BAM 🙂

    • You have that right on! When your tired, you should take a moment to take care of yourself by eating right and getting some good sleep. Both of those things are going to be high on my priority list this weekend. Take care, BAM

  • What a feast you’ve prepared, BAM! That herbed butter sounds delicious and garlicky potatoes are always a good idea in my book. Add one grilled-to-perfection steak and you’ve got a great meal. Best of all, it’s a snap to put together. With the holidays approaching fast, we would all benefit with spending a little less time in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing a great meal idea.

    • Gratzie John! I knew anything with a little garlic in it would have your vote as you and I still are one of the heavier users of garlic in our club! Have a super weekend! BAM

  • This meal definitely looks super energizing my friend but very delicious too 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Thanks CCU. I promise the next menu item will be vegan! Take care, bAM

  • Mich – Piece of Cake

    These steaks are totally mouth watering, BAM. Makes me hungry for lunch right away!

    • You are welcome to drop by any time but you have to be fast as my teenagers inhale so just be the first to be seated and you are good to go. Have a super weekend. BAM

  • Kathleen Richardson

    I’m struggling, as I do every year, with a Christmas Eve menu that will satisfy my carnivore son, son-in-law and grandsons, and my vegetarian daughter, and won’t duplicate the Christmas Day meal. The Bashed Potatoes seem a perfect addition. I’ll just substitute Bac-o’s for the real stuff. I’ll think of you Christmas Eve, BAM!

    • I know that can be so difficult having both carnivores and herbivores sitting at the same table. Just one more option for you would be to make a spinach phyllo pie as one of the side dishes. It doubles as both a starch, vegetable and a vegetarian entree. So easy to make with phyllo dough, butter, and spinach with heavy cream and nutmeg…. Just a thought as I had the same issues as you in the past. Take care, BAM

  • Looks delicious. We had a similar meal last night…perfect during this hectic time of the year.

  • Oh you are on my wavelength today! I completely ran out of steam yesterday by 2:00. This looks so perfect right now especially after an entire week of total kitchen bombs (even the dog is complaining & she’s a Berner). I love how you do those potatoes & of course bacon on top, why wouldn’t you?

    • Diane, it sounds like your iron level is low too. Time for some steaks on the grill. Thanks for the shout out on your website and I hope this week is a better one for you. Take care, BAM

      • I’m like you with my body getting cravings & as it turns out I just had my annual physical & sure nuf, low red blood & low potassium. Need some red meat & bananas. I can’t tell you how good that steak looked to me. It’s on this week’s shopping list for sure.

  • I’m reading this in the morning … you made me want dinner! This may be on tonight’s menu … if I get to the grocery store 🙂

    • Thanks and I know what you mean about the grocery store this time of the year….. They do not even celebrate Christmas here in Hong Kong as most people believe in this religion and still the streets are crazy, even more crazy than normal. I think I am going to be one with online grocery ordering…. Take care, BAM

  • I’ve got the potatoes, the bacon and the spinach…now I just need the flank steak, which I am craving after reading this post! I know what’s on my shopping list tomorrow, thank you, BAM!

    • Thank you, it is really quite an easy dish to get on the table in advance. I am all about that these days. I am going to be making your chicken cures what ails you soup today as our family needs some extra pampering during this cold, wet and cold and flu season weather. Take Care, BAM

  • Thank you for the shout out. I hope your followers get a chance to make the mousse. I can’t wait to make this steak for my husband.

    • You are very welcome. I love the flavors of rich chocolate and orange together and also like the fact that you have tempered the eggs to make your dish not only delicious but safe. Take care, BAM

  • Such a wonderful meal! I would have it right here right now 🙂

    • Thank you Francesca! Maybe we could end this meal with your beautiful ice cream and melba sauce. Take care, BAM

  • Yum. Everything looks delicious. I’ve had a hankering for steak recently. Hopefully it stops raining here and I’ll have time to try this on the grill over the weekend!

    • Thank you Clare, maybe your iron level is low too? It has been raining here too, so I just use my big golf umbrella out on the balcony to use the grill. Have a super weekend. BAM

  • BAM, that just looks too delicious. Please set an extra chair, I’m purchasing a ticket. 🙂

    • Please come and visit, we would love to have you! Take care, BAM

      • Keep my seat warm, and if I could I’m sure we would have some chuckles and most certainly share some good recipes 🙂

  • Glad I am not the only one that crave a piece of steak when my iron level is low. I would probably grill an extra steak for the fridge to make salad or sandwich for a future meal.

    • I like where your head is at! What was I thinking? I laugh at myself to think that there would actually be leftovers from dinner with 2 growing teenage boys in the house. I really would love to make a Thai spicy beef salad. Take care, BAM

  • petit4chocolatier

    Your meal looks so good! The steak is perfect and those potatoes with bacon are yummier!

    • Thank you and we could finish off this meal with one of your delightful cupcakes. Now the big decision is which cupcake… Take care, BAM

  • Dear BAM,

    Your flank steak looks absolutely delicious! I was also thinking of how great a steak sandwich it would make with the way you sliced it. And herb butter is definitely my favourite with a good piece of meat. Thanks for the tips.

    • Thank you very much. A Philly cheese steak sandwich, French dip sandwich or even a Thai beef wrap with lots of vegetables,coriander and a spicy Thai dressing sounds really good as well. Only one slight problem no a scrap leftover my teenage boys eat me out of house and home. I guess I will just have to make some more grilled flank steak soon.

  • Mmm, flank steak is one of my favorites. I’ve been sick for over a week – I wish someone would make this meal for me!!

    • Korena, please take care of your self. You know the rule, “Mom’s can’t be sick.” I wish I lived closer as I would make you some Bam’s cures what ails you chicken and rice soup. Take Care, BAM

      • Hehe, good thing I’m not a mom then 😉 I’d love to take you up on your offer but I doubt that soup does very well in the mail!

  • The lady who got me super-interested in blogging seems to have dropped off the radar. I used to enjoy reading about and seeing photos of her “food travels” around Cape Town South Africa. How do I (we) inspire her again? Well, I thought of asking some inspirational bloggers for help – bloggers who are active and inspire me.
    This message is being only sent to a handful of you – so if you get it and it’s on one of your comment pages; then you know that your site is one of my real favourites for food travel or photography.
    If you get a moment, please pop in and visit Amy’s blog “Miss Jones and the Elusive Food Orgasm”: if you see something you like then kindly let Amy know.
    You might want to perhaps start with: http://missjonesandtheelusivefoodorgasm.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/tables-at-nitida-the-best-burger-ive-had-in-a-while/ .
    Thank you in advance.

  • Love how the beef turned up, cooked to perfection

    • Thanks Ray. This dinner menu would be extra special if we served your mango dessert at the end of this delicious meal. Take care, bAM

  • The steak is cooked perfectly and flank happens to be one of my favorite cuts…you’ve paired it (again) with some of my favorite sides–so this puts me in 7th Heaven =)

  • This is just perfect meal for carnivore like me on peaceful evening..yum… 🙂

  • Love this meal!

  • Mich – Piece of Cake

    Those steaks look totally mouth-watering with that herbed butter…

  • I agree with your sons! Bacon definitely makes everything better. I too crave steak for a little iron, and I love your idea of bashing whole potatoes then sauteing them. Fantastic.

    • Thank you. My boys idea of the perfect day is for it to be raining bacon. You have to love teenagers. Have a great day. BAM

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  • Hi Bam – that steak looks fantastic… so juicy. Grilled to perfection! Great ideas for the potatoes too… I never saw them cooked that way, but it looks really tasty!

    • Thank you Charles. I have been really craving some iron fortified dinners and this one is so easy to prepare, even my teenagers are learning how. Have a great weekend. BAM

  • Vickie Landt

    Yummy Girl! I just bought some flank steak and I never cooked it before. Mike will be in heaven!   Vickie

    • Long marinating time, very short time on a hot grill- 2 mins on each side, let rest for at least 10 minutes and then cut very thin. The recipe for perfectly cooked tender flank steak. I hope Mike makes you some soon. Take Care, BAM

  • Hi Bobbi! I really want some of those tender beef and the bashed potatoes! They look really amazing and delicious. My mouth is watering as I’m typing this… you’re so making me hungry Bobbi! Have a great day!

    • Thank you for your kind comment Jasline. I hope you are doing well. It has been more difficult to keep in touch now that you are not on a wordpress template but I have signed up on your RSS feed and e-mail and at least 3 other ways so we can keep in touch. Take care, BAM

  • Ooh! Herb butter…I need to make some of this for our steaks! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • Thanks and your welcome. I think that herbed butter makes any item on your plate taste better. Everything from potatoes to veggies, pasta, and fish all taste better with herbed butter. I make a little extra and just store in plastic wrap in the freezer and cut off a little disk when I need some extra flavor for a dish. Take care, BAM

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