Project Description

Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

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Quantity
4 Servings
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Difficulty Level
Easy
Active Prep
Active Prep
15 min
Total Time
Total Time
30 minutes

Flavor, fast. If you’re looking for a full-on beef hit, the skirt is where it’s at. Cut from the underbelly of the cow (the diaphragm) it’s a muscle that works hard. Which means you don’t have to — at least when searing it in a rippin’ hot cast-iron skillet — because it’s laced with juicy, flavorful fat, it will cook up nice and tender and juicy in just a few minutes. You’ll barely have time to salivate before it’s on your plate. Serve with chimichurri, the traditional garlicky, slightly tart and spicy, herbaceous Argentine sauce for grilled meats.

Directions

for the chimichurri sauce

Stir together the garlic, herbs, oil, vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. While the sauce can be eaten fresh, the flavors meld into something much more complex if left to sit for a couple of hours or even days. Keeps in the refrigerator for several weeks. (Makes 1 ½ cups.)

for the steaks

Heat a 12-inch cast iron skillet or two 10-inch cast iron skillets over medium-high heat until very hot. Meanwhile, season the steak generously with salt and pepper. Add the oil to the pan(s). Working in batches (if only one pan), sear the steaks until well-browned and to desired doneness, about 2 minutes per side for the thinner pieces and 3 minutes per side for the thicker pieces for medium-rare. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board to let them rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Slice the steaks against the grain. Serve with some chimichurri sauce, reserving any leftovers for another use.

This dish is a chorus of bitter and sweet. And an assertive creamy cheese — like it’s counterpart in this dish, the grilled greens — balances sweet and creamy notes with pungent, almost bitter notes. When choosing cheeses, select those that are creamy, but carry with them some serious character. Our favorites are young, ash-rinded goat cheeses or gorgonzola dolce. We like them young and spoonable, but a crumbly older cheese will do as well.

Make your life easier and pick out a butternut squash with a long, straight neck. The neck is way easier to peel and cut than the bulbous section. Don’t throw the rest away — scoop out the seeds from the portion you don’t use and refrigerate for some other day. It’s got loads of uses, from soups, to a substitute for potatoes in stews or home fries on the weekend.

Ingredients

chimichurri sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped, or 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 10 grinds black pepper

steak

  • 2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed, cut into 4 to 6 pieces of equal thickness, at room temperature
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil

special equipment

  • One 12-inch cast iron skillet, or two 10-inch cast iron skillets