The South American sauce chimichurri, made with cilantro, parsley, and olive oil worked until well blended, is the new pesto. Here it goes with flavorful skirt steak, which is rubbed with a chipotle-cumin spice blend and seared in a heavy skillet. Cook the steak in batches if your skillet isn’t large enough to add the meat without crowding.
1clove garlic, smashed1cup fresh cilantro leaves1cup fresh parsley leaves2tablespoons fresh oregano leaves½cup olive oilJuice of 1 lemonSalt and pepper, to taste
1. In a food processor, combine the garlic, cilantro, parsley, oregano, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Work the mixture until it is roughly chopped.
2. Taste for seasoning and add more salt, pepper, or olive oil, if you like.
2tablespoons ground chipotle powder2tablespoons ground cumin 2pounds skirt steak2tablespoons olive oilSalt and pepper, to taste
1. In a bowl, blend the chipotle and cumin.
2. Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper. Rub the chipotle mixture on both sides of the steak.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat until very hot. Add the oil. Cook the steaks without crowding the pan for 2 minutes on a side until rare. Cook 1 minute longer on each side for medium-rare; 2 minutes longer on each side for medium.
4. Transfer steaks to a plate, and set aside in a warm place for 5 minutes.
5. Carve the steak into thin slices against the grain. Top with chimichurri. Catherine Smart
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