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Chipotle Steak with Turkish Wheat Berries

The steak and wheat berries are refrigerated overnight in a marinade made with substantially spicy chipotle chiles in adobo, so plan accordingly.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1 cup whole wheat berries (7 ounces)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 large tomato—peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 3 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, seeded and chopped, plus 1 tablespoon of the sauce
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • One 2-pound sirloin steak
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 16 cherry tomatoes, halved (1/2 pound)
  • 1 medium cucumber—peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the wheat berries with the water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until the wheat berries are tender but still chewy, about 2 hours.. Drain and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, in a mini food processor, puree the chopped tomato with the chipotles and adobo sauce. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in the tomato paste, lemon juice, honey, garlic, cinnamon and cumin. Add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Put the steak in a shallow dish and coat with 1/4 cup of the tomato-chipotle sauce. Stir the wheat berries into the remaining sauce and season with salt. Cover and refrigerate the steak and wheat berries overnight.
  4. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Bring the steak and wheat berries to room temperature. Oil the grill and cook the steak over a medium-hot fire for about 4 minutes per side, or until lightly charred on both sides and medium rare within. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix the vinegar with the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add the cherry tomatoes, cucumber and parsley, season with salt and pepper and toss well. Slice the steak 1/4 inch thick and serve with the wheat berries and the tomato salad.

Make Ahead

The tomato-chipotle sauce and the wheat berry salad can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Suggested Pairing

The rare steak and intense tomato dressing point to an equally rich red wine, with plenty of ripe fruit.

Contributed By Photo © Mikkel Vang Published August 2002

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