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Todays recipe:

Steaks & Chimichurri

Grilled meat perfection by Jair Gudino of the 1515 West.

In this month's episode of Cook It, Chef Jair Gudiano of the 1515 West teaches us how to pick a steak and cook it proper. Then he shows us how to pair some colorful vegetables with the meat to make the dish really pop, and how to make a chimichurri sauce to go on top.

Note: Grilling and BBQing are like religions. There are many schools of thought. This is one man's technique.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

The Ingredients

You'll need a good cut of steak (more about that on the next slide). Here we used a tenderloin and a strip loin, seasoned with just a bit of salt.
For the vegetable side: shallots, baby carrots, corn, potatoes, asparagus, and tomatoes (swap in whatever is seasonal).
For the chimichurri: olive oil, Chinese white vinegar, garlic, parsley, fresh pepper, and red chilies (optional).

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

Steak Basics And Seasoning

When choosing steaks, always look for chilled meat -- never frozen. Who knows how long that's been in the freezer. Look for a bright red cut. If you're into fat, always go for the whitest fat -- not grey. Grey means it's been aging improperly. Take it home and get it to room temperature. That will cook it more evenly; and season it a few minutes beforehand with a bit of salt.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

Searing. Locking The Juices.

First, sear the steak to lock all the juices in and get that nice crispy, charred outside. You wanna use a high flame / high heat (450°C, 850°F -- almost direct flame). Portable grills often have a high and low setting. Drop it low to sear (almost direct flame), then raise it up to cook. Sear it for two minutes on each side. To get the outside extra crispy, Jair brushes the steak with olive oil and thyme.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

Still searing...looking good.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

Criss Cross Patterns

If you have a criss cross grill, you'll get these patterns when you sear, for that classic steak dinner look.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

Cooking The Steak

Once you've seared the steak, put it on a lower heat (around 320°F, 160° C) and cook to the desired done-ness. The time will vary for every steak. For a 1" thick strip, you want to cook it for around six minutes for medium rare, then add two minutes for each level of done-ness (eight minutes for medium, ten minutes for medium-well...). Flip it once halfway through.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

Is It Done?

To tell if the steak is done, you don't need a thermometer -- just use your hand. Touch the fleshy part below your thumb -- that's rare. Now press your thumb and your index finger together and touch the flesh -- that's medium rare. Thumb to middle finger is medium. Thumb to ring finger is medium-well. And thumb to pinkie is well-done, a.k.a you just ruined your steak.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

Let That Steak Rest!

Crucial step in the steak cooking process -- let it rest for the same amount of time that you cooked it. Just throw it on a rack and let it sit, so that all the juices get distributed back into the meat instead of flowing out when you cut it. Good things take time.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

Now Let's Make Some Veg

However good the steak is, make sure you have nice garnishes with lots of colors. "The better your dish looks at the end, gets in your brain a lot more than you think. If you see a nice dish in front of you, I'm 100% sure it will taste better", says Jair. So for this one, we just sautéed some baby carrots, corn, potatoes, asparagus (blanched first), and tomatoes. You can get all this at the wet market, and it will still look great.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

The Vegetables

Vegetables looking real nice in the pan...Just sauté them in olive oil until they're done.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

A Brighter Base

To make these vegetables look even more colorful, Jair spread some carrot puree on the plate as a base. We won't show you how to do that here, but here's a simple recipe.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

Vegetable Placement

Then delicately place the sautéed vegetables on top of the base (or just on the plate). You could also use mashed potatoes as a base.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

A Touch Of Steak Sauce

If you're into steak sauce, you can spread some on the plate as a base for the steak, but in a moment we'll show you how to make an easy chimichurri sauce that's even better.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

Placement Oh Yes

Now just place the steak on the plate after it's had a rest, and boom. Done. Let's get into the sauce...

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

The Chimichurri

Chimichurri originally comes from Argentina, and goes great on grilled meats. You just need a bunch of chopped parsley, eight cloves of minced garlic, some red chilies (optional), and two parts olive oil, one part Chinese vinegar (red wine vinegar also ok). First, chop the parsley finely...

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

The Chimichurri

Mince the garlic and put a little salt on top...

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

If you like it spicy, add in some chopped chillies. For some kick but less spice, remove the seeds. Then put some vinegar in. Remember to keep the ratio one part vinegar to two parts olive oil.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

The Chimichurri

Then add in some olive oil. We didn't measure any of this out -- just keep the ratio about 2:1, to taste, and you'll be fine.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

The Chimichurri

Add in a bit of fresh pepper...

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

The Chimichurri

Stir that all together for about a minute, and you're done. Now you can put this directly on your steak. Chimichurri also goes well on bread.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

Well Done

Finally, if you're cooking for a party, you could just slice the steak up and serve it like this, with chimichurri drizzled on top. Maybe throw that on some toasted mini baguettes. Get creative with it.

And that's it.

Serves: 1-3 People

Cuisine: Steak

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

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