Holiday Edition, Special Ingredient Game

photo (44)

FoodieWineLoverDecember2014 049

Tis The Season To Be Jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la! Recently, I was introduced to a fabulous group of amazing bloggers on Facebook called: Health and Food Bloggers Mastermind Group. It is one of the best experiences I have had using social medias. The members are very creative in the kitchen, and offer an array of culinary expertise from savory to sweet delights.  We share similar passions such as cooking, baking, wining, and I enjoy their interactions, and willingness to help newbies such as myself, in the world of blogging.   Needless to say, I feel in my comfort zone with this fantastic group.

One of the lovely members, Eleni with My Easy Gourmet, suggested this fun game to spread the holiday spirit. We had to come up with a sweet or savory recipe using a special ingredient. Orange won the most vote, and I am thrilled to share my version with you. I have also shared the other members recipes below, please check them out!

Balsamic-Glazed Flank Steak with Orange Gremolata
Serves: 4   – Degree of difficulty: Easy

Ingredients for the Steak

1.5 – 2 lbs. flank steak
salt and pepper to taste
Season the steak and let it sit at room temperature for a minimum of 30 minutes.

In the meanwhile, prepare the Gremolata and the glaze.

Ingredients for Gremolata

1/2 cup flat-leave parsley, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tsp. of orange zest
Mixed together and set aside.

FoodieWineLoverDecember2014 052

Ingredients for glaze

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 shallot, chopped
1 TBSP. olive oil

Heat olive oil and saute’ the shallot until it’s not longer translucent. Add the balsamic vinegar, bring to a boil and reduce on very low heat for about 10 minutes. Set aside.

Next, grill the steak on high heat for about 8- 10 minutes depending on your desired doneness. I cooked it for 10 minutes which resulted in a medium, medium rare temperature. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to retain its juices. Slice it against the grain, diagonally and place it on a rectangle serving dish for a delightful presentation. Drizzle the glaze on top, and sprinkle the Gremolata all over the steak. Voila! A wonderful and refreshing way to dress up the meat.

Bon Appetit from Gina’s Kitchen

Please be sure to check out the “Orange” recipes, from my other fellow bloggers.

I hope you have enjoyed this special Holiday Edition of recipe sharing, using orange as an ingredient. Please, keep checking back, as I will be updating the links to new recipes.

Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season filled with good health, happiness and lots of fun cooking for your loved ones!





  1. Athina says:

    The stake-gremolata-glaze combo makes me smile, smile, smile… I can almost smell the aromas. Thank you for sharing Gina and it has definitely been a pleasure connecting with you through the group! Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!

  2. Pingback: A fun collab: Special Ingredient Game | Kicking Back the Pebbles

  3. Pingback: Special Ingredient Game ( Collaboration From Health & Food Bloggers Mastermind Group) | Kouzounas Kitchen

  4. Pingback: Special Ingredient Game: Yiayia Eleni’s Eliopitas | Kouzounas Kitchen

  5. Pingback: Christmas morning breakfast-bites: Orange Mini-Muffins - Kicking Back the Pebbles

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: