Skirt Steak with Chimichurri.... IS La bomba!!!


Today I was helping Rich, a friend of mine put together a menu for his dinner party he is hosting this weekend at his friends house. I honestly found it a bit of a challenge because I have never planned out something like that on paper. Sure, I have done it before.. the very first entry on this blog was a tapas party, but I have never needed to explain is such detail how to put it together. I hope I did a good job!! We'll find out by Sunday I am sure!
Anyway, one of the menu items was a mini steak sandwich. Almost like a slider but with sliced steak not a burger. For the dressing I chose a Chimichurri mayo. If you have never had it, Chimichurri is an amazing sauce that is traditional in Argentina. It is like a pesto, but is made with parsley and is served with meat. Most often with steak. I was introduced to it by my very good friend Sarah years ago when we were having a BBQ at her apartment, and fell in love. Since then I have perfected it, owned it, and have impressed even the most critical Argentinians! With all humility.. I have never tasted better!
So... as I was writing instructions to Rich I realized that I have not had Chimichurri in a long time, so I figured tonight was the night!
When you decide to make this for dinner, you should make the chimichurri as early as possible. The longer it sits the better it will taste!
You can use either a food processor or a blender. I prefer a food processor. Throw in
about a cup and a half of FLAT LEAF parsley
a teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1- 2 tables spoons of dried Oregano (put one in and then after you blend it add more as needed)
1 clove of garlic
Salt and Pepper to taste
3-4 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
And then as much Olive Oil as it takes. You want to start with basically a 3 t0 1 ratio vinegar to oil. Add as much oil as it takes to reach a creamy look while still having a bite!
* my best tip here is, that if you feel like the taste is off a bit, the natural reaction is to add more salt, but try adding more oregano first. It is really key to this sauce!* Then Let the blades to their job!!
For dinner I also love sweet potatoes with Chimi, and a nice salad!
I sliced 3 sweet potatoes
and tossed them in a bowl with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and a dash of cayenne pepper. My friend Kristen taught me that sweet potatoes like a little heat! I roasted them at 375 for about an hour on a sheet pan. After a half an hour start to flip them once about every 15 minutes. as long as they do not have too much oil on them they should be cooked though and be golden brown on both sides in about an hour!
When there is about 2o minutes left on the potatoes you can throw in your steak. I use around 2 pounds of skirt steak liberally salted and peppered for 2 people. There is a lot of fat on it so as it cooks it will shrink alot. After about 20 minutes, it should be at a nice medium, and the potatoes should be done.
let the meat rest for 10 mins.
Toss up a salad, give the Chimichurri and final taste test, and get ready for a really really tasty dinner!!!!!
I hope you enjoy it!! Please let me know what you think!!!
XOXO
-P

Comments

Barry said…
I think you should open a chimichurri stand in the mall. Skirt stake on a stick with little plastic cups of chimichurri to dip it in.
Paul said…
Needless to say... I'm a big fan. This was off the hook!! :D
Thanks guys!!!
Barry that is a genius idea!!! GENIUS!!!
I love the MALL!!

Paul, Thanks!!!! Love you!!!
Roxiest said…
Mall sounds very good! I think for the city, the truck version of Paul's chimichurri stand.
Sarah Angelastro said…
Made thsi tonight exactly as described and it was soooooo good. Keep up the good work!

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