Sunday, April 26, 2009

Green Thumbs and Good Dinners

We put on our gardening hats again this weekend and spent a lot of time yesterday and this morning working in the back yard. We have made a lot of progress but we have a long way to go, stay tuned for pictures coming soon.

Last night we went out with our friend Melanie for a drink and then to dinner at Two Urban Licks, we've all heard good things and it was right in line with the hype! Everything was delicious but one of my favorites was our appetizer, Brie Ravioli with pulled pork and tomatoes in a spicy sauce.

Tonight Dan is cooking up one of his specialties and one of his favorite dishes on the grill. Below is the recipe:

Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2005

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2/3 cup sherry wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced shallots
3/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 (1 3/4 to 2-pound) skirt steak


In the bowl of a food processor, combine the olive oil, sherry vinegar, lemon juice, parsley, basil, oregano, garlic and shallots. Pulse until well blended but do not puree. Add 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and the crushed red pepper. Remove 1 cup of the chimichurri sauce from the processor and transfer to a non-reactive bowl, cover with plastic wrap and reserve at room temperature for up to 6 hours. (If cooking steak another day, refrigerate sauce and return to room temperature before serving.)

Season the steak with 1 teaspoon of the kosher salt on each side, as well as 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper per side and place in a large, resealable plastic bag. Add the remaining chimichurri sauce from the processor. Seal bag and refrigerate the steak for at least 2 and up to 4 hours.
Preheat a grill to medium heat.

Once the steak has finished marinating, remove it from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for 30 minutes. Brush the excess chimichurri sauce off the steak and set the steak over the hot grill. Cook for 6 minutes on the first side. Rotate the steak 45 degrees, and cook another 6 minutes. Turn the steak over and continue to cook until the steak is done, about 6 to 8 minutes for medium-rare. Once cooked, lay the steak on a clean cutting board, and allow it to rest for 5 to 7 minutes before slicing across the grain into 2-inch wide strips. Serve with crusty bread and the reserved chimichurri sauce.

1 comment:

  1. The yard looks great. Can't wait to see the roses in bloom. You'll enjoy cutting them and putting inside. The recipe looks good. We have all the fresh herbs growing, so I should try. Have a safe trip to Tampa. ~ your favorite mother~in!law