Our Chimichurri Grilled Skirt Steak Recipe is the perfect easy dinner recipe for your family! This article is a partnered conversation written by Mama Loves Food on behalf of UF/IFAS. Opinions and text are all ours.
Those of use who live in Florida don't generally do it for the summer. I mean, the swimming pool is warm most of the year, so that's great - but the real reason we hang around is for the beautiful weather that finally rears its head come fall. Fall means all outside all the time. It's hiking, and picnicking, and gardening, and grilling, and WHOOP WHOOP we love Florida!
And I don't know what it is about being outdoors all the time but it makes me want to eat all the delicious colorful foods. Ripe red tomatoes? Yes! Juicy green grapes? Yes! A gorgeous skirt steak smothered in chimichurri sauce? Yes, yes, YES!
This gorgeous hunka-hunka beef is as healthy as it is delicious. We used lean skirt steak that was dressed with salt, pepper, and garlic, then kissed it to the grill and smothered it with chimichurri. Sometimes I'll even marinate the steak in chimichurri overnight and then dose it again when it comes off the grill. So good!
Chimichurri sauce is a vibrant blend of parsley, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and oil. You can make your own fresh chimichurri sauce (YUM), or find it pre-made at your local grocer. It can be spicy like my brother-in-law's version, or tangy with a secret ingredient, like mine!
Even if you're not chillin' (warmin') in Florida don't turn away! This gorgeous and delicious recipe can also be made in your very own kitchen. Just toss it under the broiler for a few minutes on each side and you're in great shape. I love to put a cast iron grill plate in the oven and let it heat up to temp so you get a little sear on each side just like it was actually on the grill! So yummy!.
If you're thinking "my kids would never eat something like that" - I'd like to challenge you to try. It's been shown that children often need to be introduced to new things several times before they warm to it. And that includes the novelty of introducing them to new things! If a child is used to having mac & cheese every meal, or getting just what they want - you can expect some backlash. But once there is a precedent set that we're going to try new things for dinner (doesn't have to be every night!), then you'll find the sailing is a lot smoother.
You can start by introducing things gently - maybe have the chimichurri as a dip, rather than poured over top. Perhaps cut sweet potatoes into steak fries, so they look more inviting. Or add a flavor you know they enjoy. The threat of brussels sprouts is enough to send my kids running, but if I tell them it's garlic butter brussels sprouts, then I get a much warmer reception!
For folks who may want a little help and information geared toward getting your family active and eating well, I'm excited to introduce you to a resource my family has loved for years. The UF/IFAS pronounced “U – F eye-fas” is the University of Florida (go Gators!) Institute of Food and Agricultural Services extension, and it is brimming with resources.
The UF/IFAS Extension helps Florida (and non-Florida!) families eat healthy on a budget with food education, healthy eating tips, and delicious recipe ideas. The percentage of people aged 12 to 19 who were obese increased from 5 percent to nearly 21 percent from 1980 to 2012, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These children often suffer from Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure--problems generally associated with adults. UF/IFAS Extension has a local office in each county that provides tools for parents to help their kids lead healthier lifestyles, and curb childhood obesity. You can visit http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/map/index.shtml to find your local office
Chimichurri Grilled Skirt Steak Recipe, Ingredients:
- Skirt steak (flank steak will also work!), approximately 1/2 pound per adult and 1/4 pound per child
- Chimichurri sauce, 1 cup (or two cups if you're marinating it overnight*), per 4 servings.
- Salt, pepper, garlic powder
Chimichurri Grilled Skirt Steak Recipe, Directions:
- Sprinkle flank steak with salt, pepper, and garlic powder on both sides.
- Place on a high heat grill for 3 - 4 minutes on each side, until done to your liking. -hint- If you prefer a rare steak, start with your meat very cold or even partially frozen. This will give the steak a nice finish on the outside without overcooking the middle!
- Remove steak from grill and allow it to rest a few minutes. Cut against the grain and serve with chimichurri over top (or as a dipping sauce for the kids!).
*For a more intense flavor, marinate the flank steak in 1 cup of chimichurri sauce overnight in the refrigerator.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of UF/IFAS. The opinions and text are all mine.