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Try out this easy recipe for grilled steak that gets a punch of flavor from a dry rub and a colorful chimichurri sauce.
DRY-RUBBED STEAK WITH CHIMICHURRI SAUCE
1 flank or skirt steak, about 1- 1/2 pounds
For the dry rub:
1 tbsp. light brown sugar
1 tbsp. thyme leaves
1/2 tsp. dried mustard powder
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika or ancho chile powder
Freshly ground black pepper
For the chimichurri sauce:
6 tbsp. olive oil, plus more for brushing
1- 1/2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves, about 1 tbsp.
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro leaves
1 tbsp. chopped oregano leaves
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp. dried red chile flakes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
In the small bowl of a food processor, grind all of the ingredients for the dry rub together to form a fine powder.
Place the steak on a large piece of plastic wrap and rub half of the mixture into each side. Wrap it tightly in the plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
Place all the ingredients for the chimichurri sauce in a blender, or the small bowl of a food processor, and process to a thick, emulsified green sauce. Place in a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour, to allow the flavors to develop.
When you are ready to cook, take the steak and the sauce out of the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature. Brush the steak with a little oil, and grill for 4 to 10 minutes on each side, depending on how you like your meat. For rare, allow 4 to 6 minutes on each side; for medium, 6 to 8 minutes; and for well done, 8 to 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat and allow the meat to rest, covered lightly in foil, for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving with the chimichurri sauce.
Makes 4 servings.