Argentinean Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

It’s Grilling Season! For my first recipe utilizing the grill this Summer I wanted to do an Argentinian classic: Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce.

Prior to this weekend, I have only had Chimichurri Sauce a handful of times at restaurants (most recently at Ox in Portland), but I’ve never had the chance to make it on my own. One of the reasons why I decided to pair steak with this sauce is because I wanted to complement the warmer weather with light and fresh flavors instead of a traditional heavy or sweat barbecue sauce. Chimichurri Sauce is a great alternative due to its abundance of fresh garlic and shallots as well as the earthy taste that results from the herbs and olive oil.

Step 1: Chop Herbs (Parsley, Oregano and Basil)

Chopping parsley for Chimichurri Sauce

Step 2: Chop Garlic and Shallots; Add to
Herbs and Put into Blender

Mixing up ingredients for Chimichurri Sauce

Step 3: Pulse and Add Olive Oil and Other
Spices; Marinate Steak and Then Grill

Mixing up ingredients for Chimichurri Sauce

Step 4: Slice Steak, Add Reserved
Sauce and Enjoy!

Steak and Chimichurri Sauce

I definitely have to thank Mr. Emeril Lagasse for this recipe. He always has a trick (or two) up his sleeve for adding more flavor and improving the overall dish. One of my favorite parts of this recipe is that it calls for part of the sauce to serve as a marinade. As a result, this made the meat extra tender and seasoned with the perfect amount of salt to balance the herbs of the Chimichurri Sauce. I will definitely look to make this recipe again and again this Summer, especially because the sauce was so simple to do (and, the bonus is that this recipe creates a lot to save!).

Cheers!

Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

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Olive & Garlic Foccacia Bread

I have never been one to crave bread, choose to consume it on a whim or eat multiple slices while waiting for dinner at a restaurant. However, for me, focaccia bread is in its own category. I absolutely adore the buttery taste of this bread that is often complimented by simple ingredients like sea salt, pepper and garlic. For this time, I added kalamata olives and roasted garlic to spice it up.

Step 1: Stir Yeast, Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil and Water Together

Step 2: Chop Kalamata Olives

 Step 3: Stir in Flour and Let Rise

 Step 4: Season, Bake and Eat!

For me, this results in a simple equation: balsamic + olive oil + focaccia bread = buttery goodness. Perhaps it’s a good thing I don’t have bread too often!

Cheers!

Stuffed Tomatoes

Whether in sauce, on a burger, in salads, sundried or whatever other combination, I absolutely love tomatoes. Just think about it, tomatoes already exist in endless combinations of recipes and food concoctions. At least for me, I deem the esteemed tomato to be a staple. But, it seems like I’ve just gotten used to the same tomato-based recipes for the last few months. Plus, in many of my dishes, the tomato was just a side ingredient and not the main hero. So, I decided to find a recipe that was both different and featured the tomato as the main deal: Stuffed Tomatoes (Sunny Anderson from the Food Network).

Step 1: Chop Basil and Garlic; Cut Tops Off
Of Tomatoes and Remove Insides 


Step 2: Combine Parmesan Cheese, Basil,
Garlic, Bread Crumbs, Olive Oil, Salt, and Pepper 


Step 3: Stuff Mixture Into Tomatoes


Step 4: Bake and Enjoy!

I actually really liked this recipe. It was super simple and I loved the tomato as the main feature!

Cheers!

Chickpea Salad with Lemon, Parmesan, and Fresh Herbs


After making this recipe, the song “My Favorite Things” from Mary Poppins started to play in my head. At first this seemed strange, but then it dawned on me why this song was stuck in my head — this recipe encompasses many of my favorite ingredients: lemon, basil, cheese, and garbanzo beans.

But, to be perfectly honest, I usually do not make “bean salads.” So, nonetheless, I was a bit hesitant to try this recipe of Chickpea Salad with Lemon, Parmesan, and Fresh Herbs; however, since it contained my favorite ingredients, I was hoping that the marriage of these elements would produce a fantastic result.

This recipe was a definite hit. The only modification I would make is to reduce the amount of lemon juice. But, other than that, this recipe is so simple that I will continue again and again to make it on days when I’m not in the mood to cook!

Cheers!