I’m just back from a week in Puerto Rico. When I left, my yard was dull and the trees were bare. When I returned it was as if someone had flipped the switch that turns winter to spring. The landscape went from gray to green. My pink Azalea was flowering. And there was even some action in my herb garden – a little fountain of chives had sprouted up while I was away. All this inspired me to put the cushions on the outdoor furniture and to fire up the barbecue. I decided on grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce. Chimichurri is the quintessential partner to grilled beef in Argentina, where the beef is renowned and where barbecued beef is considered their national dish. The sauce is a vibrant mix of fresh parsley, vinegar, and spices – very simple and quick to make if you have a blender or a food processor. Slather it on steak, chicken or fish. Use it as a marinade. I love to keep a stash of chimichurri in the fridge to jazz up burgers and sandwiches, too.
|GRILLED STEAK WITH CHIMICHURRI SAUCE|| |
- 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped (1 cup, packed)
- 5 large garlic cloves roughly chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ cup distilled white vinegar
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 lbs skirt steak (or substitute flank steak)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Put all sauce ingredients into the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend just until everything is combined and garlic is very finely minced. Set aside.
- Put steak in a non-reactive container. Spoon 4 tablespoons of chimichurri sauce on top of steak and spread it around. Flip steak over a few times to coat. Marinate at room temperature for 1 hour or in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight. Allow steak to come to room temp before proceeding (about ½ hour out of the fridge) Preheat grill to high. Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper and grill for 3-4 minutes per side (5-6 minutes per side for flank steak), until it is lightly charred on the outside and medium rare inside. Let steak rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Slice against the grain. Spoon chimichurri on top or serve on the side. Enjoy!
- Note: Sauce is best served at room temperature. It will keep for 2 weeks in fridge.