Paniolo steak with wicked wahine chimichurri sauce

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy

For the paniolo steaks

2 (500 to 750g) flat iron steaks (beef chuck top blade)
Olive oil, for brushing steaks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the chimichurri sauce

1 bunch coriander, tough stems removed, coarsely chopped
1 bunch Italian parsley, tough stems removed, coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp fresh ginger root, peeled and coarsely chopped
4 spring onions (root tips and tough green ends removed) coarsely chopped
60ml rice wine vinegar
45ml fresh squeezed lime juice
45ml sesame oil
120 to 185ml vegetable oil
45ml pineapple juice
1 tsp Asian hot chilli sauce (use 2 if you like it spicy!)
For garnish: 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds and a few pineapple rings (use good quality canned), if desired.
1) Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas 3. Set a cast iron skillet on the hob on a high heat.

2) Lightly brush the steaks with olive oil on both sides and season with salt and pepper. When the frying pan is very hot, add the steaks and sear over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

3) Remove the pan from the heat and place it in the oven to finish cooking. For rare to medium-rare, keep the steak in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes (or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the middle of the steaks registers 75C). When the steaks are cooked as desired, remove from the oven and allow to rest for another 4 to 6 minutes before slicing.

4) Combine all the ingredients for the chimichurri sauce in a food processor or blender and pulse until everything is chopped fine and well combined. The mixture should have the consistency of coarse pesto.

5) To serve, slice the steaks thinly against the grain and arrange on a platter. Drizzle some of the chimichurri sauce over the steak and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Garnish with pineapple rings, if desired. Transfer the remaining sauce to a bowl and serve with the steak.

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