Steak with Chimichurri Sauce & a Tour

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Have you seen the cute youtube video about the boy who was planning to go to a broccoli farm?  His parents thought they’d surprise him with a trip to the circus instead—and his reaction?  He really wanted to go to the broccoli farm! 

I so understand! I was seriously excited when I got to go to a beef farm last week with the WI Beef Council (and other sponsors). 

Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Yup, farm tour.   Cooking & photography sessions.  And a competition where I tried my first Steak with Chumichurri Sauce (among other delicious beef dishes)!  

On this trip, a dozen or so bloggers from four states learned all about farming practices, butchering, beef cooking and food photography in Columbus, Ohio. Did you know that the chuck roast sits right next to the rib eye, so if you take the immediately adjacent couple slices of chuck (which Meijer calls Chuck Eye), you can serve it as steak–at bargain prices.  How exciting is that!  

Learning about cuts of beef

Learning about cuts of beef

We learned all about cooking beef (pat it dry or you’ll steam it), photography (make sure it is clear what you are emphasizing).  And my biggest take-away?  It is completely realistic to pull together a really great (restaurant quality) beef meal, in under an hour!  Including food photography!  So less than an hour if you aren’t a food blogger 😉 ! 

As I’ve hinted, the final part of our trip was a food competition where four teams prepared a meal—no prep, no recipes–and delivered it for tasting (along with photos) in an hour.  Afterwards we stuffed ourselves with the delicious results (and I deluded myself that I would vowed to fast when I got home).  

Cooking lessons

Cooking lessons

It was all great fun but there was one downside. Backed up against a really scary 😉 deadline, no one measured anything.  So when I tried to recreate the winning team’s Steak with Chimichurri Sauce last weekend (with a rough ingredient list), it didn’t quite live up to the original.  Still it was very tasty and not a drop was left. I’ll definitely be doing it again (& will share any changes here).  This will definitely be part of my summer cookout plans! 

Roasted onions for steak with chimichurri sauce

Roasted onions for steak with chimichurri sauce

And since summer is just beginning, I’ll be posting another grilling steak recipe soon.   

Steak with Chimichurri Sauce in pan

Steak with Chimichurri Sauce in pan

Alas, I am getting ready for a vacation, so my photos of my Steak with Chimichurri Sauce are not my best.  Laundry or photography–sigh… If I show you some of the rest of the trip, will you forgive me? columbvus002

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Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
20 min
409 calories
8 g
133 g
19 g
48 g
6 g
230 g
438 g
6 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
230g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 409
Calories from Fat 175
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
30%
Saturated Fat 6g
31%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 133mg
44%
Sodium 438mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 6g
Protein 48g
Vitamin A
16%
Vitamin C
34%
Calcium
5%
Iron
19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 6 oz steaks (or 1 large for slicing)
  2. salt
  3. pepper
Sauce
  1. 1 poblano pepper, roasted
  2. 1 small onion, sliced and roasted
  3. 2 bunches Cilantro
  4. 2 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil
  5. 2 Tablespoon lime juice
  6. 1 Tablespoon honey
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. ¼ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. In a food processor or by hand, finely chop roasted poblano (wear gloves if chopping by hand) and onion. Add remaining ingredients and process until finely chopped.
  2. Pat steaks dry, then salt and pepper on both sides. Place steaks on heated grill or hot cast iron frying pan and cook until browned on one side, about 4 minutes. Flip steaks over and if using a frying pan, place in preheated 400 F oven. Cook until desired doneness, about 4 additional minutes to take a 3/4 inch steak to medium rare.
  3. Remove from heat and let stand 5-10 minutes for juices to reabsorb. Top with chimichurri sauce for serving.
Notes
  1. Undercooked meat can be hazardous to your health...
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calories
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fat
19g
protein
48g
carbs
8g
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17 Comments

  1. Delicious ! and what lovely Pictures!!

  2. What a great field trip to the farm! I especially like the cooking and EATING segment of the tour. This steak dish is making me drool! Chuck eye if my family’s go-to cut for steakhouse like dinner without the steakhouse price, but it’s a hit or miss item at my grocery store.

    • It has been interesting to hear how many people had already heard of this cut. I guess buying all my beef off the farm got me out of the loop. While I am still planning to eat mostly from my quarter of a grassfed cow, I love having a fallback–especially if I run out during grilling season!

  3. What a fun trip Inger! I’m sure you ate it up, lol… Chimichurri Sauce is my very best favorite steak sauce. Although, I too must say, trying to find Chuck Eye is not an easy feat around here either. I may just need to make a trip to the butcher!!!

    It looks like you got all the ingredients down pat for the Chimichurri Sauce. It’s funny because I’m not usually fond of Cilantro. (for years I made it with parsely bunches) However, once I dared to try Cilantro, I was hooked!

    Sounds like you’re in vacation mode. Good for you! Have fun!

    Thanks for sharing, Inger…

  4. aaaah, green grass and goats. so nice! great trip, all around, and fantastic recipe–i LOVE cilantro!

    • Yes, I would agree with the cilantro love Grace! Hope your big day went well and can’t wait to see pics!

  5. Love chimichurri sauce. Thanks for this tour.

  6. I love all variety of chimichurri sauces, and especially like yours because it has no garlic! (None of mine do, either!) I will give yours a try soon – have a great vacation, Inger!

    • My “not in here” happiness came from no parsley–because no parsley means even more cilantro (and also it is one less item I need to have fresh). Vacation was fun–pictures soon!

  7. I am glad you had fun on your farm adventure, Inger. That sounds Unexpected and life-enhancing. P.S. I wonder how chimichurri sauce would taste on broccoli? 🙂

  8. That sounds like an amazing tour! This chimichurri sauce sounds delicious – will have to try it out this summer! 🙂

  9. Oh yum! I think I will try to make this for my husband. Steak has always intimidated me for whatever reason.

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