My husband is very hard to buy a gift for. He pretty much has what he wants, doesn’t like it when I buy his clothes and likes so many different things it is hard to narrow down a gift idea. I mostly buy gifts that revolve around exercising, eating or drinking beer. Now I know that may make him sound sort of like Al Bundy…well except for the exercising part. But my husband is what I would call a minor Foodie so a gift of food would make him happy any day.
One year for Father’s Day I filled the refrigerator in our garage full of his favorite beers. Matt has very distinct likes and dislikes when it comes to beer. He loves IPA beers. Arrogant Bastard, 90 Minute, 2 Hearted and most defiantly Osiris from a local brewery, Sun King. Matt instantly fell in love with Sun King. He loves their beer, their logo, their proximity to our house, and most of all that you can fill your growler with Osiris on Fridays for $5.00.
So last Valentine’s Day, I thought there would be no better gift for the man I love and have been married to for almost 18 years than a special meal at home. I wanted to make something that would be simple, good and involve beer.
I’ve already made him beer bread pudding, beer/cheddar fondue, and beer can chicken. I wanted to think big, bold and new.
I remembered a few years ago we went to a Colombian restaurant and had the most amazing dipping sauce with our carved beef called Aji. I remembered (because I came home and wrote it in my food journal) what I knew was in it and after a few trial runs I came up with this final recipe. It’s good over any meat, red or white. It is also a good garnish for fish tacos or white rice.
What I found is that the Aji dipping sauce is fabulous drizzled over the flank steak!
Oh, speaking of flank steak… If you love it like we do, you should also check out my deconstructed steak sandwich recipe. Yum!
I hope you enjoy this flank steak with IPA beer marinade
What’s your favorite meal to serve that special person in your life? Leave me a comment below!