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Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sauce: A Flavorful Argentine Delight

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Introduction:
Argentina, a country known for its rich culinary heritage, has gifted the world with a culinary gem – Chimichurri sauce. This zesty and vibrant sauce has been a staple in Argentine cuisine for centuries, enhancing the flavor of grilled meats, especially steak. In this article, we’ll delve into the art of grilling the perfect steak and crafting the ideal Chimichurri sauce to accompany it. The combination of juicy, perfectly cooked steak with the herbaceous, garlicky kick of Chimichurri is a match made in gastronomic heaven.

Historical Context: Chimichurri sauce, originally hailing from Argentina and Uruguay, has a history dating back to the 19th century. Its exact origins are a subject of debate, but it is widely believed to have been created by Argentine cowboys, or gauchos, who needed a flavorful condiment to accompany their grilled meats. The name “Chimichurri” itself is thought to be derived from various linguistic influences, including Basque and indigenous South American languages. Over time, this sauce has evolved into a beloved condiment worldwide, celebrated for its simplicity and versatility.

Preparation: 1. Prepare the Chimichurri Sauce:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, chopped oregano leaves, and red pepper flakes.
  • Pour in the red wine vinegar and whisk to combine.
  • Gradually drizzle in the extra-virgin olive oil while whisking vigorously to emulsify the sauce.
  • Season the Chimichurri sauce with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Set aside to allow the flavors to meld while you prepare the steak.

2. Preheat the Grill:

  • If using a charcoal grill, ignite the charcoal and let it burn until you have a consistent layer of white ash. Spread the coals evenly for even cooking.
  • For a gas grill, preheat to medium-high heat (around 400°F or 200°C).

3. Season the Steak:

  • Brush both sides of each steak with olive oil.
  • Season generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Press the seasonings into the meat for better adherence.

4. Grill the Steak:

  • Place the seasoned steaks on the preheated grill. For medium-rare, cook for about 4-5 minutes per side, turning once. Adjust the time according to your preferred level of doneness.
  • Use tongs to flip the steaks gently; avoid piercing them with a fork to retain their juices.
  • For beautiful grill marks, rotate the steaks 90 degrees halfway through each side’s cooking time.
  • Remove the steaks from the grill and transfer them to a plate. Allow them to rest for a few minutes to redistribute the juices.

5. Serve with Chimichurri:

  • Slice the rested steaks against the grain into 1/2-inch thick slices.
  • Drizzle the vibrant Chimichurri sauce generously over the sliced steak or serve it on the side.
  • Garnish with additional fresh parsley leaves if desired.

Conclusion: Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sauce is a culinary masterpiece that brings the robust flavors of Argentina right to your table. The tender, smoky steak paired with the bold, herbaceous Chimichurri sauce creates an unforgettable dining experience. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply indulging in a weekend treat, this recipe is sure to impress. So fire up your grill, embrace the Argentine spirit, and savor the magic of Chimichurri-infused perfection.

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prep time
15 minutes.
cooking time
10
servings
4 servings.
total time
25 minutes.

Equipment

  • Grill (charcoal or gas)

  • Tongs

  • Mixing bowl

  • Whisk

  • Knife and cutting board

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Grill brush (for cleaning)

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless ribeye or New York strip steaks (approximately 1 inch thick)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

1
Prepare Chimichurri sauce.
2
Preheat the grill.
3
Season and grill the steak.
4
Serve with Chimichurri sauce.
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