Friday, January 23, 2009

Steaks with Kalamata-Olive Chimichurri

***WOW...this recipe was amazing! I am a new fan of kalamata olives...they are so yummy! This is one of those recipes that I will no-doubt be making again and again. The chimichurri accompaniment was delicious. And the best part is, I had enough left over to add to our dinner the following evening. I baked a few chicken breasts and topped them with it....YUM! It was just as good the second night! The only change that I made was the cooking method. Brad cooked these on the outside grill, instead of the oven. The red wine vinegar adds an excellent flavor to the yourself a favor, and make this recipe won't be sorry! :)

Steaks with Kalamata-Olive Chimichurri
Source: bon appetit magazine
Recipe by Jeanne Thiel Kelley
February 2009
"Chimichurri, the traditional accompaniment for steak in Argentina, is an olive oil-based sauce with vinegar, parsley, and other seasonings. In Argentina, cattle are grass-fed, and the vinegary relish complements the herbal beef beautifully. The meat is very lean, so it's best rare."

3 tablespoons fruity olive oil, divided
4 garlic cloves; 2 thinly sliced, 2 pressed
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 bay leaf, preferably fresh, broken in half
1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped pitted Kalamata olives
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 to 2 tablespoons water
2 14- to 16-ounce 2-inch-thick grass-fed New York strip steaks
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy medium skillet over medium heat. Add sliced garlic, red pepper, and bay leaf. Stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add shallots and sauté until just translucent, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in parsley, olives, and vinegar. Add 1 tablespoon water. Add more water by teaspoonfuls to thin as needed. Season chimichurri with salt and pepper.
DO AHEAD Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
Rub steaks with 1 tablespoon oil and pressed garlic. Sprinkle both sides of each steak with 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt, cayenne, and generous amount of black pepper. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush heavy very large ovenproof skillet (preferably cast-iron) with oil. Heat over high heat until almost smoking. Add steaks. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Turn steaks and transfer skillet to oven. Roast until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into steaks registers 110°F to 115°F for rare, about 10 minutes.
Let steaks rest 5 minutes. Thinly slice crosswise. Spoon chimichurri over.


Tartelette said...

Celeste, these sound wonderful! I love them like Hershey's kisses...So making this very soon!

Joelen said...

This looks awesome - olives provide such a delicious flavor and as a chimichurri, what a great idea!

Vij said...

Yum yum yummy! looks so inviting!

Stephanie said...

Looks so elegant! I gave you some awards on my blog:)

Colleen said...

I will definitely have to try this with your good review. Just have to get my husband to like olives first ;)

Vera said...

The dish looks mouthwatering, Celeste!

Anonymous said...

Oh yum! What a fabulous flavor combo! I am going to HAVE to make these for my husband!!