Pairing notes: The steak compliments the earthiness of the Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir and the chimichurri sauce plays with the bright fruit flavors.
Serena's tip: Make the chimichurri sauce the day before to give the flavors more time to integrate.
Recipe: Flank Steak Skewers With Chimichurri, Chowgirls Killer Party Food, copyright 2016
Pat steak with paper towel to remove excess moisture.
In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and cayenne to create a dry rub for steak. Rub top, bottom, and sides of steak with spice mixture and set aside, allowing it to come to room temperature.
Heat a gas or charcoal grill to 350 degrees F. If using a broiler preheat to 525 degrees F and preheat a cast iron frying pan. Baste steak with olive oil. Grill steak, covered, for 6-7 minutes then turn and grill for another 6-7 minutes (for medium rare). If broiling, place steak in preheated frying pan and broil 2-3 inches from the flame for 2-3 minutes per side. Set aside and allow steak to rest at least 15 minutes before slicing. Slice 1/4 inch thick against the grain, on a diagonal, and skewer slices with 8 inch bamboo skewers. Serve with chimichurri.
Chimichurri: In a food processor or blender, combine parsley, cilantro, oregano, bay leaves, garlic, chile, and cumin and process until finely chopped. Add olive oil and vinegar and pulse to combine. Season with salt.
Steak makes about 24 skewers.
Chimichurri makes about 1 cup.
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