Steak Bites w/ Chimichurri Sauce & a Grill Pan

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

Chimichurri Sauce:

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!).


Maureen O. said…
Thank you for letting me know about the grill pan! I have been looking for it for ages!
Anonymous said…
Your grill marks are always ravishing, thanks so much for the tip!
The JR said…
I'm such a steak luver.
Carol said…
I made your chimichurri sauce last summer and it was delicious, thanks for reminding me!
Joanne said…
Ooo this sounds like such a fun appetizer! I love anything that requires dipping...and chimicurri is an added bonus!
Looks delicious and really simple to make.
Oui, Chef said…
I could live on chimichurri, especially when its served alongside a gorgeously cooked steak...a perfect medium rare, just like yours! - S
Food Thief said…
Just ordered this grill pan! I have been coveting it for a while and it was a good price, though I think it is discontinued on the Anolon site. It is fantastic! I love it. Perfect grill marks everytime. Great minds think alike.
tasteofbeirut said…
great steak and sauce and this grill pan looks perfect! Hope I can still find it!
Ann from Illinois said…
My new grill pan is on it's way thanks to you! Once again, thanks for the hot tips, Stacey. I have some salmon that needs to make the maiden voyage on this pan. I can hear it now.....
Great for an outdoor party, just love the chimichurri!
Susan said…
Hi Stacey,
Just had to let you know I made this for dinner the other night and it was so delicious!
My younger son, Kris, absolutely loved the sauce and he devoured almost every last bite ( he let Mom have some:) That chimichurri is the best.
Thanks for sharing!