3 or 4 garlic cloves, peeled Juice of 1 lemon 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, more to taste Freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 (2- to 3-pound) flank steak, or 4 strip steaks or rib-eye steaks, or an equivalent amount of skirt steak 3 tablespoons melted butter 1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves, optional
1. Using a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic with lemon juice and salt to make a paste. Or mince garlic, and stir it with the salt into lemon juice, using the back of a wooden spoon to smash garlic as much as you can.
2. Press pepper into steak, then spread garlic mixture evenly on both sides. Let steak sit while you heat grill or broiler.
3. Build a moderately hot fire in the grill, or heat the broiler, and place the rack about 4 inches from heat source.
4. Brush a little melted butter onto steaks, then place on grill. Brush once or twice more with remaining butter while steaks cook, about 4 minutes per side for medium rare. Garnish with parsley and serve. Yield: 4 servings.