Grilled Flank Steak with Basil Chimichurri

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You know those nights where you don’t really feel like cooking and want to use up as much of what’s in your fridge as possible? That’s what this dinner started as. Luckily for us, it turned out so much better than we could’ve hoped.

The beef came from a trip to the Pearl Farmer’s Market a few weeks ago (I froze it, don’t worry) and the basil came from our Greenling box. Everything else were things I already had in the pantry or fridge.

Ingredients:
For the flank steak:

  • 1 lb. flank steak
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Few grinds of pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

For the chimichurri:

  • 1 bunch basil, finely minced (~1/2 c. after chopping)
  • 1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely minced (~1/2 c. after chopping)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • For the flank steak marinade, whisk to combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper in a 9×13″ baking pan. Flip the steak in the pan after about 30 minutes of marinating.
  • Combine the ingredients for the chimichurri in a bowl and set aside.
  • After 45 minutes of marinating, add the lemon juice to both sides of the steak and let marinate for an additional 15 minutes (so the steak will marinate for a total of 1 hour).
  • After the steak has finished marinating, over high heat, grill the steak for ~4 minutes per side for rare.
  • After grilling, let the steak rest for 3 minutes, then top with the chimichurri and serve.

Verdict:
Since I used mostly the same flavors in both, the chimichurri complemented the steak quite well. The steak was juicy and tender, and the bright flavors of the marinade and the chimichurri worked well in lightening it up so that it wasn’t such a heavy, filling meal. It’s a great date night meal, though I would caution that one should only enjoy this with a serious significant other (lots of garlic + big chance of herbs in one’s teeth). =)

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