Strip Steak and Chimichurri Sauce

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Fall is in the air, or so I’ve been told. In the Northeast, fall makes a spectacular entrance.  The days grow short, the nights are crisp, and the maple trees put on a show of color that rivals a Fourth of July fireworks display. Kansas has more cottonwoods than maples, and I’ve missed the loud display of color that always signaled the start of sweater, fuzzy blanket and hot cocoa season. But life has a way of reminding us that there are two sides to every coin.

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On the spur of the moment, we went for a random, meandering drive this past weekend, which we do quite often. Some of the best times we have had as a family have been on these spontaneous little day trips to nowhere in particular.

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We found ourselves at El Dorado Lake and State Park, about half an hour from Wichita. It was sunny and the perfect kind of warm; not too cold and not too hot.

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There was a gentle breeze that smelled fresh and green, and everywhere we looked, Kansas was in bloom. Wild sunflowers of a half dozen varieties covered the landscape with pools of vibrant yellow that stood out against the bright blue sky.

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Butterflies were dancing above the flowers, adding sprinkles of orange to the canvas.  Grasshoppers were singing, and bees were buzzing all around us, and little living ‘somethings’ hopped out of our way with every step we took. We spent the whole day taking pictures and exploring, soaking in the life that was all around us.

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And I found myself on the receiving end one of those unexpected little life lessons; even though I still miss the fall maple forest of Canada, I have my sunflowers and butterflies to remind me that there is color and beauty to be found in all places and in every season.

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So while my friends up north are winterizing their cars, raking up leaves and trying to remember where they put the hats and mittens last spring, I’ll be out in my backyard, grilling up steaks and burgers until sometime in November.

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Maybe I melt in the triple digit summers, and maybe I don’t see a maple tree in every yard, but two full months of fall weather every year is not too shabby as far as compensation goes. I’d stick out my tongue right now, but I’m waaaaaay to mature for that kind of behavior. Yes indeedy.

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The first time I made this, I blended everything in the blender and drizzled in the oil.  Tastes great, not very attractive. It’s best to just stir in the oil at the end to keep the gorgeous, vibrant green color of the herbs.

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KC strip steaks don’t need any help from a marinade to come out tender and juicy when cooked to a perfect medium rare on the grill. But a little drizzle of Argentinean chimichurri sauce adds a tangy zip that enhances the flavor without drowning out the meaty goodness.

 Strip Steak and Chimichurri Sauce

2 lbs KC strip steaks (about 4)
Chimichurri Sauce (recipe follows)

Allow steaks to come to room temperature before grilling. Preheat grill to high. Season steaks generously with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat for 10-12 minutes, turning once, for medium rare.  Internal temperature will be 130°F to 135°F. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving. Drizzle with chimichurri sauce and serve with additional sauce on the side.

Chimichurri Sauce

1 1/2 cups fresh, flat-leafed parsley
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried oregano leaves
1 shallot
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients except the oil in a small food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.  Add the olive oil and mix well with a spoon. Can be stored tightly covered in the refrigerator for 1 week.

(Printable Recipe)

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17 comments to Strip Steak and Chimichurri Sauce

  • I love your photos, they are so breath taking. That strip steak is also calling my name, I’ll be right over to have myself a plate :-p

  • Looks soooooooooo delicious. Haven’t had steak for more than a year. I need to go to a steak house now. Great pictures, very beautiful.

  • That steak looks amazing. Beautifully photographed.

  • I would love to see those fields of wild sunflowers. The pictures are gorgeous! Maybe I should take some picture of the fall colors and put them on my blog for you. We are not yet at the peak season yet but some trees are turning faster then others this year. This recipe you shared sounds so yummy.

  • I have never been to Kansas before but after this post I sure
    do want to move there! Beautiful pictures.

  • Krista

    Looks yummy! And I didn’t know there was anywhere in Kansas that was worth hiking or walking…especially not as close as el dorado lake.

  • As soon as I opened your post, I said out loud, “Ooo, that looks so good!” Your photos are beautiful and your recipe looks wonderful. I discovered chimichurri sauce this summer and have not been able to get enough of it.

  • BEAUTIFUL pictures. I’m officially home sick. Love the sunflowers.

    My friend just prepared steak with Chimichuri sauce. It sounded so good and then your post cinched it! Will make it soon. I even have all ingredients on hand, including a steak in the freezer.

    Love your blog Karen
    Lea Ann

  • Karen

    Jessie: Lol! Just call first so I can vacuum ;)
    Add A Little Love: Yes you do! We don’t have it that often, but when we do, we do it right :)

    Tara: Thank you!

    Stacie: I would love to see that :) It’s been such a crazy rainy summer, I wonder how it’s going to affect the fall colors.

    Dropfood handpicked recipes: Thanks! And thanks for the link :)

    Sarah: Lol! Or you could plant sunflowers. We grew them all the way up north in Canada, if I recall. Annuals, I’m sure, but still.

    Krista: Kansas has it’s beautiful places, we just need to get out and look for them a little harder ;)

    Cookin’ Canuck: I agree. Now I just have to travel to Argentina and have the real deal. Someday. Honest. ;)

    Lea Ann: You’ll have to come back to Kansas for a visit before everything turns brown!

  • Hi, I’ve linked one of your recipes at by blog “Forthespectators”. It is a lifestyle, culture, music, arts, entertainment, and food blog. I plan on making bi-monthly posts of mouthwatering recipes on Forthespectators… For my first recipe-post, I have linked your Moroccan chicken recipe.

    The link to the entry can be found at: http://forthespectators.wordpress.com/2009/09/29/sight-for-sore…-found-recipes/
    Thanks. I hope to find more inspiring recipes from your blog.

  • Here via your interview over at Lea Ann’s. All I can say is I have found a new must read blog. Your photography is spectacular. I can’t decide which photo rocks my world more, the first or fourth. WOW!

    I might have a million questions for you later about post production, lenses, lighting, aperture, etc, but for now I’ll leave it at, WOW!

  • Karen

    Chris: So glad to meet you, and welcome to my little corner of the interweb ;) Thanks for the comment on the photography. Love of cooking *and* taking pictures are what motivated me to start this blog. I’d love to talk shop with you anytime!

  • My friend Lea Ann recommended your site and I can see why! Love the photography, the humor and delicious recipes! I’m an old Kansas girl, too, and love the simple beauty of the plains. Great blog, Karen!
    Vickie

  • This was so easy and so delicious. It is a favorite in my family now! :)

  • The chimichurri sauce is easy and amazing. I use a coffee bean rub on the steaks and dollop the sauce after steaks are grilled. Great recipe! Thanks for posting!