Recently, my girlfriend, Patty, asked me if I had heard of a recipe for Quiet Man's Steak Tips. I pulled up Google and immediately started to search. There wasn't much information on a recipe for the steak tips, but many comments on how good they were.
As legend has it, Quiet Man's Pub and Restaurant was located in Southie (South Boston, MA) and was well known for their steak and turkey tips. They closed back in 2007 and with the closing went the recipe. People search for the recipe but only one person - typhoonfish - has claimed to have found it.
It's very easy...
1. Ken's Italian Salad Dressing
2. A mixture of brown sugar and soy sauce
With all the steak and chicken marinades Jeff and I had made, this seemed like an easy one. BUT, I always like to change things up, so I have a challenge...is there a real difference in taste between the Ken's Italian Dressing and the dressing I used?
To make the steak tips or strips -
Marinate 2-3 pounds of steak strips or steak tips in one bottle of Ken's Italian Salad Dressing. I place my steak strips in a gallon size zip lock freezer bag. It holds everything perfectly and clean up is easy. I used Kraft Zesty Italian Salad Dressing because it has pieces of red peppers and garlic which can complement brown sugar and soy sauce. Marinate for at least 4 hours or up to 24.
Prior to cooking, mix 1 cup of soy sauce with 3/4 cup of light brown or dark brown sugar. The mixture will be a little thick. When ready to grill, take the strips out of the marinade and pat them lightly with a paper towel to take off the excess dressing. This will stop them from catching fire on the grill.
Light the grill!
While grilling, glaze the strips with the brown sugar and soy mixture. (I kept telling Jeff to SLATHER THEM because I wanted them to pick up the soy and brown sugar glaze.) Cook to desired wellness. We love our steak medium rare. Let the steak strips rest for 5 minutes before serving.
With 8 people eating dinner that night, there were no leftovers. We served them with mashed red potatoes and a tossed salad. It was perfect. Everyone raved that the flavor was delicious, it had sweet and zesty tones and the steak melted in your mouth.
I'm not sure if it was exact so for those who know the Quiet Man's steak tips, try the recipe with Ken's Italian Dressing and see if that works. Try it with something that has more ZING...like Kraft's Zesty Italian...either way, I think we've stumbled upon a great marinade!