Vinegar and spice plays nice with grilled flank steak in this classic recipe for Chimichurri sauce. An Argentinian herb sauce, you can call it a condiment or call it a vegetable if you’re a meat-and-potatoes type — but whatever label you stick on it, you’ll agree that Chimichurri is tangy and wonderful served up with grilled steak, chicken and fish. The leftovers add zing when drizzled over fried eggs, changing up any salsa addiction you might have. The key is to make sure there isn’t too much vinegar. Too much will make you pucker up. Let the herbs and garlic shine through by keeping the vinegar in balance.
Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce Recipe
1 flank steak, set on wire rack over baking sheet
2 T grill rub of choice
For Flank Steak:
Massage rub into steak and let rest uncovered at room temperature for one hour or refrigerated for up to 4 hours.
Heat grill to 550°F.
Grill steak for 3 minutes.
Flip, lower lid and turn off grill. Steak should cook at about 300°F to a temperature of 135 to 145 degrees, depending on desired doneness.
Place steak on clean plate and let rest for 10 minutes. Carve into 1/4 inch slices.
For Chimichurri Sauce:
1 bunch Italian parsley, washed, dried with stems
1/4 cup packed cilantro, washed and dried
1 handful fresh chives, about 1 inch in diameter if you’re particular about measuring
4 large garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp gray sea salt
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Place all sauce ingredients in food processor and pulse until mixture is puréed. Remove from processor and stir well.
Serve with grilled flank steak.
Wine Podcast host Stephanie Davis suggests a rare grape to accompany this easy to prepare dish. You may have tried the Graciano grape but didn’t know it because it is permitted to be used in Rioja wines alongside Tempranillo. The single varietal Graciano is a difficult grape to grow, making it more illusive. Stephanie thinks the Chateau Tumbleweed Cimarron Vineyard Graciano is a worthwhile mention, showcasing the red grape’s dark color, intensity, black fruit flavors and ageability. Enjoy the unique experience of this fringe grape with grilled red meats — or whatever gets you fired up! $45/bottle.
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