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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Grilled Pitas with Feta, Red Onion, Olives & Tomatoes

I don’t dine at Greek restaurants or try to make Greek-inspired dishes very often, so when I do, I really savor the chance and opportunity to do so. This recipe, Grilled Pitas with Feta, Red Onion, Olives & Tomatoeslooked liked a perfect dish with Greek flavors and I especially liked the fact that I would get a chance to utilize the outside grill yet again this week.

This is very simple to make. All it requires is a few minutes for prep/cutting, patience for the grill to heat up, and a penchant for feta cheese!

Step 1: Cut Tomatoes, Onions, Garlic and Olives 

Step 2: Toss Prior Ingredients Together
with Olive Oil and Fresh Mint

Step 3: Brush Pitas with
Olive Oil and Grill

Step 4: Grill Pita and Add Tomato Mixture

Step 5: Cut and Eat!

I happen to like feta cheese, but I realize that not everyone does. I made this with my boyfriend and quickly learned he is definitely not a fan. It’s not fun when he won’t eat any, but at the same time, I get to have more. In these situations, I guess it’s a good thing because I get to have more… unless I just eat the whole thing. In that case, perhaps it’s not the best, but oh well!

Cheers!

How to: Pita Chips

I am pretty sure that I could not live without hummus. Basically, on average, I consume a lot more than is considered to be normal of carrots, celery and pita chips as a result of my hummus addiction. Since one cannot “make” carrots or celery, I figured it would be fun to make pita chips.

Step 1: Get Pita Chips and Garlic

Step 2: Cut Garlic and Pita Bread

Step 3: Toss Pita With Olive Oil,
Salt, Pepper, Garlic and Other Spices

Step 4: Place On Baking Sheet and Bake
For 15-20 Minutes at 425 Degrees
Step 5: Dip in Hummus and Enjoy! 

These are quite simple and take little time to make. Plus, I think they taste better than pita chips from the bag. My suggestion is to dip them in sun dried tomato hummus.

Cheers!

Fresh Lemon Pasta


If you haven’t noticed already, I’m literally all about “ease, ease, ease” and “few ingredients, few ingredients, few ingredients”. Rarely a time exists where I cave and use a recipe that requires over 12 seperate ingredients. That being said, this Tuesday was no different. A friend from college came over to visit my roommate and I. I decided to make a simple dinner and one that would require few ingredients (of course!!).

I had already picked up a lemon at the store a few days prior and decided I wanted to incorporate it somehow. Since I already had pasta on hand, I figured I’d try to figure out some type of pasta-lemon duo. After some glancing around the cupboard, I decided to make Fresh Lemon Pasta as a nice, summery dish.

Step 1: Smash Garlic and Chop Finely


Step 2: Grate Parmesan; Juice and Zest Lemon


Step 3: Combine Zest, Juice, and Olive Oil


Step 4: Combine Cheese, Cooked Noodles, Sauteed
Garlic, and Olive Oil/Lemon Sauce Together; Enjoy!

Although it almost seems too simple, my tastebuds were not disappointed and my wallet was sure happy with me too. As cheesy as that sounds, it is completely true! Anyway, the key to this recipe’s success is lots of garlic (lots!) and playing around with the lemon-to-olive oil ratio in order to make a sauce that includes enough lemon, but doesn’t make your mouth pucker in a sour grin. Next time, I’d like to add chicken or perhaps olives and tomatoes. Until then…

Cheers!

Glorified Cheese Pizza


During one of my last few visits to the store, I happened to pick up a copy of Real Simple. The cover held the infamous “3 Ingredient” featured recipes. I was instantly intrigued. If you haven’t noticed already, I really enjoy making simple recipes and ones that require few ingredients. Therefore, I was extremely drawn towards this issue.

One of my favorite recipes that I saw was for a “flat-bread-esque pizza”. Since I already had puff pastry leftover from making a Rhubarb Tart (as seen here), I knew that this would be the perfect recipe. Plus, whenever has melted cheese and tons of carbohydrates not resulted in a pleasantly awesome situation? Unless something goes drastically wrong, I’d say pretty close to never!

So, I decided to make this recipe. Even though I cheated (I used more than the 3 ingredients as listed in the recipe), I would make this again and again. Real Simple has it right — 3 ingredients (plus a few more minor ones) always wins!

Step 1: Thaw Pastry Dough and Roll Out


Step 2: Cut Tomatoes


Step 3: Layer Cheese and Tomatoes Onto
Puff Pastry; Add Olive Oil, Salt/Pepper, and Spices 


Step 4: Bake and Enjoy!


I absolutely loved this recipe. Although this definitely resulted in just another glorified version of a cheese pizza, it definitely tasted better than a frozen pizza or one from the local joint down the street. The flakiness of the crust just can’t be beat and the authentic gooey-ness was perfection. I’m smitten.

Cheers!

When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie, That’s Amore!

“That’s Amore” by Dean Martin started playing on a television show the other night. I think that my subconscious engulfed the words “Pizza Pie” because a few days later, I felt the urge to make a pizza when I woke up on Sunday morning. I’m not sure if this song is where my innate desire originated from, however, I’m glad that it did because it gave me the chance to prepare a fantastic dinner!

The decision to make pizza was definitely prime. I didn’t have to visit the store because I could combine ingredients I already had at home. Plus, I also happened to have a packet of active dry yeast in the cupboard, so I could be entirely authentic and make the pizza dough from scratch! After much pondering, I decided to make a simple Three Cheese and Tomato Pizza.

Pizza Dough

Step 1: Mix Active Dry Yeast With Warm
Water and Olive Oil; Let Sit for 10 Minutes


Step 2: Combine Yeast Mixture
With Flour and Salt


Step 3: Gather Dough into a Ball; Put In Bowl
and Let Sit Under a Cloth for 2 Hours (To Let Rise)

Three Cheese and Tomato Pizza 

Step 1: Cut Tomatoes; Mince Garlic
and Add to Two Tablespoons of Olive Oil


Step 2: Roll Out Pizza Dough


Step 3: Place Garlic Oil on Dough, Put
Cheese and Tomatoes on Top, Bake!

[Nifty Pizza Cutting Scissors!]

I should have baked the pizza a few minutes longer (to brown the edges), but at least I learned a lesson for next time. All in all, the pizza tasted great and I think I can still hear that Dean Martin song playing in my head…

Cheers!