Chimichurri with a bit of steak?? Yes please!
This easy meal is great for a Saturday night in with a bottle of red and a good film. I love to have this dish with a good helping of rosemary potatoes and an avocado salad on the side. To be honest its quite a lot of food, but sometimes a massive feast on a Saturday night is just what I need. If I’m going to eat big this is the way I like to do it – plenty of protein and lots of interesting flavours.
Chimichurri is a really simple sauce.
Just a bit of chopping and mixing required and hey presto you have an amazing dip for your steak. Who needs a posh, reduced jus!!? Well ok, sometime a posh jus is nice, like a lovely rich redcurrant jus with a juicy lamb rack 😛 … but lets talk about that another time. Chimichurri is the way we’re going today and at the moment, in my head, its the best way to liven up any steak 🙂
So this meal is quite straight forward once you’ve done a bit of prep, which makes it a great dish for a Saturday.
Most of this recipe can be prepped in the morning leaving you with a couple of things to do later on when your ready to eat. The salad and chimichurri can be made in advance and refrigerated; the potatoes can be chopped and seasoned ready for the oven; and the steak can be brought out of the fridge an hour or two before cooking in order to bring up to room temperature. If you really want to save time later you could bake the potatoes, cool and refrigerate, and then just reheat in the oven for 5 minutes or so when you’re ready for them.
So this just leaves the steak; and of course this should to be cooked when you want to eat it.
Lets be clear, i’m all up for an easy life on a Saturday night but I also respect the steak and will give it all the time and attention it needs. But really it doesn’t need that long, 15 minutes max and you have yourself a beautiful steak. The recipe below gives the times for a rare-medium steak. You can adjust this depending on how well done you like your meat. (2 mins on each side for rare and 6 mins on each side for well done). Always remember to rest the steaks for at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
This is also a great dish if your cooking for a few people – just pile everything up on a board and let people help themselves!