Smoky Strip Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce, made with parsley, garlic and olive oil, is the ubiquitous accompaniment to grilled meats in Argentina; when serving steak, Laurent Tourondel often prefers its clean, sharp flavors to richer French sauces like bearnaise or red wine sauce. The tang of chimichurri is especially delicious with Tourondel's supersmoky steaks, seasoned with both smoked sea salt and smoked pepper.

 

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 piquillo or roasted red bell peppers (from a jar), chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Ten 10-ounce strip steaks, cut 3/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Smoked sea salt (like Halen Môn Welsh sea salt) and smoked black pepper

How to make this recipe

  1. Light a grill. In a medium bowl, whisk the oils with the vinegar. Stir in the parsley, cilantro, piquillo peppers, garlic, onion, lime juice and crushed red pepper. Season the chimichurri with salt and pepper and let stand for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Brush the steaks on both sides with the butter and season them with the smoked salt and pepper. Grill the steaks over moderately high heat, turning once, until nicely charred and medium-rare, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a platter and let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Cut the steaks into 1-inch-thick slices and arrange them on the platter. Spoon some of the chimichurri sauce over the steak and serve, passing more smoked salt and pepper along with the remaining chimichurri sauce on the side.

Make Ahead

The chimichurri sauce can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Notes

Smoked black pepper is available at adrianascaravan.com.

Suggested Pairing

Chimichurri sauce originated in Argentina as a complement to the country's great grass-fed beef; similarly, a smoky Argentine Malbec will make a great partner to Tourondel's smoky strip steaks.

Contributed By Photo © John Kernick Published July 2007





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