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Getting ready for Cinco De Mayo makes me hungry for some chimichurri sauce. It’s been a while since I made the sauce, so I figure I would try something new and we really loved this jalapeno flavored one.

Ted Allen’s Grilled Steak with Roasted Jalapeño Chimichurri

(Adapted from Ted Allen)

 

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2 jalapeño chilies

2 cups cilantro leaves and sprigs, finely chopped

2 cups parsley leaves and sprigs, finely chopped

2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)

3 tablespoons juice from 3 to 4 limes

3 tablespoons dry red wine

1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 pounds skirt steak

 

Prepare a grill or turn on a broiler (or gas burner). Grill or char the jalapeños until blackened on all sides and quite soft, about 5 minutes total. Place them in a small bowl covered with a plate or towel and allow the skins to steam and loosen. Peel, stem, and seed the chilies.

 

In a small food processor or blender, combine the jalapeños, cilantro, parsley, garlic, lime juice, red wine, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pulse (or blend) until the mixture is a coarse puree. Taste and adjust for salt and blend again.

 

 

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If a grill is not already prepared, heat a grill pan over high heat. Rub the steaks with olive oil and season very generously with salt and pepper. Grill until medium rare, 2 to 4 minutes per side depending on thickness (center of steaks should register 125°F on an instant read thermometer). Remove to a plate and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes.

 

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Slice the steak across the grain with the knife at a 45 degree angle. Arrange on a serving plate and spoon some chimichurri over the steak. Serve with the extra sauce.

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