Gaucho Steak with Chimichurri Sauce #GrillUpYourSummer

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Jeff and I both LOVE summer grilling and jumped at the chance to create our very own recipe using Cattleman’s Beef from Smart and Final as a part of their #GrillUpYourSummer Campaign.

We made this Argentinian inspired dish with a fairly traditional version of a green chimichurri sauce to use on our steak. The sauce is versatile, going well with beef, chicken, and vegetables. It gets my highest rating.  Seriously, my favorite sauce for steak.  Hands down.  The flavor is amazing.  Fresh, robust with a hint of heat, it’s a crowd pleaser for sure!  There are many ways to change this sauce to suit your particular taste. Try adding lime juice, capers, or smoked paprika, use less cilantro, add fresh oregano, or even some mint leaves!

Chimichurri Sauce Recipe (Our favorite version)

  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper

Pulse the onion and garlic in a food processor for a few seconds.  Add the parsley and cilantro (remove stems if desired) and pulse until finely minced. Remove from the food processor to a mixing bowl and add the olive oil and vinegar.  Don’t pulse the herbs with the olive oil, it will make a puree.  The minced herbs mixed in the olive oil gives the right texture. Finally, stir in the salt and red pepper.  Use less red pepper if you can’t take the heat.  Serve with steak and vegetables.

How to put it all together:

  • Make chimichurri sauce (recipe above)
  • Trim artichokes and cook in boiling water (may add lemon to keep green) for 15 minutes or until a fork can be inserted into the stem.  Remove from water, let cool for about 10 minutes so that they can be handled, cut in half and remove the center.  Baste with olive oil and salt and grill on each side.  Remove from grill and drizzle with freshly squeezed lemon.
  • Shuck corn, wash, brush with butter and grill.  {Top with mayonnaise, Queso Fresco (Mexican Cheese), and chili powder or chipotle powder to add a Mexican flair. The corn is also great with just the chimichurri sauce}.
  • Grill steak seasoned with salt and pepper.  Make sure to use a hot grill to sear the beef. A hot grill will cook the meat faster. Remember, the longer the meat is on the grill, the dryer it will get.  We used Cattleman’s thin sliced New York steaks and grilled them for about 4 minutes per side for a medium done steak.  Since grill temperature can vary, this may not be the right amount of time for your desired doneness.
  • Make sure to let the meat rest after cooking for about 5 minutes.  This lets the natural juices in the meat redistribute before it is sliced.  If it is sliced right away, all those wonderful juices will wind up on the plate instead of in the steak where they belong!
  • Serve with chimichurri sauce and enjoy!

This recipe is part of Smart & Final’s Grill Up Your Summer contest.  Visit Grill Up Your Summer and vote for my recipe {please}.  Once you have voted you will be entered to win a $50 Smart & Final Gift Card AND a Weber 220 Grill, and if my recipe wins, I win the same thing.

I really, really want to win, so GO forth and VOTE!

Disclosure:  This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #CollectiveBias.  Recipe has been created specifically for this post and all opinions and comments are entirely my own. #grillupyoursummer #sfsmarties

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  1. Oooh, I love the serving suggestion for corn! Definitely going to have to try that!

  2. This looks great. Papa and I will have to try this when return from our bike trip. He is definitely the King of the Grill, in his own mind and a little in mine too.

  3. That sure looks tasty. Oh boy, you did it now. I’m hungry. lol Hi, I’m your latest follower. Nice to meet you. I’ve joined a meme over by XmasDolly on Thursday’s called Thursday’s Recipe Swap Meet. I think you would blow them all the way with that recipe. Your husband is one lucky fellow! Have a great day!

  4. that is a ‘guests only’ meal at our house. waaaaaay too much work for just my whiney kids…

    I’ll go vote for you though, cuz it’s makin’ my mouth water!

  5. Yum!! My kids are picky and wouldnt eat anything with a green sauce, oh well – that means more for me! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. bottomless pit yes, i want make books event like this but didnt take interval, may i repost this Gaucho collop with Chimichurri Sauce #GrillUpYourSummer « Recipe «

  7. Wow that looks delicious!

  8. I’m salivating……