Churrasco, a Portuguese term for grilled meat, is a backbone of many Latin American cuisines. Michael Cordúa makes his with butterflied tenderloin, Nicaraguan-style. Slideshow: Grilled Meats 

Michael Cordúa
July 2013

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© Chris Court

Recipe Summary

active:
30 mins
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Yield:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a food processor, combine the parsley and garlic with the 3/4 cup of olive oil and the vinegar and pulse until smooth. Refrigerate the chimichurri for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.

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  • Using a sharp chef’s knife, make a 1/4-inch, lengthwise cut in the top of the tenderloin. Turning the tenderloin and rolling it out as you go, spiral-cut the meat until you have a long, rectangular piece about 1/4 inch thick.

  • Light a grill. Season both sides of the tenderloin with salt and pepper. Rub all but one-third of the chimichurri over the meat and grill over moderately high heat, turning once, about 4 minutes for medium-rare meat; let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the remaining chimichurri and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and serve with the steak.

Suggested Pairing

Berry-dense, concentrated Syrah: 2010 Barrel 27 Right Hand Man.