8 hours ago
Monday, May 9, 2011
Steaks with chimichurri sauce are a summer staple in my backyard.
I usually serve this Argentinian sauce with hanger steaks (diaphragm cut), which are inexpensive and delicious, but since I was serving them at room temperature, I felt filet mignon would be a better choice.
I thought why not serve the filet bites as part of an appetizer buffet?
This way people could grab a piece of meat, give it a dip and move on to the next bite.
No knife or fork needed.
I grilled my steaks in my favorite grill pan, and made these one hour before serving.
Steak Bites w/ Chimichurri Sauce: serves 8 as an appetizer
3 filet mignon steaks, 1 1/2" thickness
kosher salt & pepper
2 roasted red peppers, cut into squares the size of the steak bites
6" wooden skewers
a large handful of fresh cilantro, chopped fine
a large handful of fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves, minced thru a garlic press
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
4 tbsp olive oil
kosher salt & black pepper
Make the chimichurri sauce. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and season with salt & pepper to taste. Set aside (the sauce can be made a few hours ahead).
Season the steaks w/ kosher salt & pepper. Let sit on the counter and bring to room temperature before grilling.
Heat a grill or grill pan and grill the steaks about 4 minutes per side for rare.
Let the steaks rest a few minutes and cut into bite size cubes.
Thread each skewer with a roasted red pepper piece and piece of meat.
Arrange them on a platter and drizzle some chimichurri over the skewers.
Can be made 1-2 hours before serving.
On another note:
Many of you have written to me over the years asking what kind of commercial non stick grill pan I use, since it's so nice. For ages, I couldn't find it anywhere.
Well, I found a few left on amazon. It is an Anolon Advanced pan and is discontinued and reduced to a very good price, so get it while it's still available (it comes with a glass lid and is commercial grade).
I really love it. It makes nice grill marks on everything, and it cleans up beautifully.
It is the perfect indoor grill before outdoor grilling season begins! (and I am not getting paid to endorse the pan!).