Chimichurri Strip Steaks with Roasted Zucchini & Poblano Quinoa
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Chimichurri Strip Steaks

with Roasted Zucchini & Poblano Quinoa

55 MIN
+$8.00/serving 2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

TECHNIQUE TO HIGHLIGHT
Scoring the zucchini, or cutting shallow lines in a cross-hatch pattern, creates little pockets for salt to seep in and draw out excess moisture. This will promote browning on the zucchini and let it soak up more of the vibrant chimichurri.

DEFINITION
Chimichurri is a traditional Argentinian herb-based sauce or marinade typically used on grilled meats.
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Chimichurri Strip Steaks with Roasted Zucchini & Poblano Quinoa
Title
  • 2 10-Oz New York Strip Steaks
  • ½ cup Tricolor Quinoa
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 Poblano Pepper
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 1 bunch Mint
  • 1 oz Sliced Pickled Jalapeño Pepper
  • ¼ cup Cilantro Sauce
  • ½ oz Sweety Drop Peppers
  • 2 Tbsps Sliced Roasted Almonds
  • ¼ cup Sour Cream
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tips & techniques
Score & salt the zucchini
1 Score & salt the zucchini

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the zucchini lengthwise. Using the tip of your knife, score the cut sides of the zucchini diagonally to form a cross-hatch pattern, about 1/4-inch deep. Season the cut sides with a big pinch of salt, then place on a paper towel-lined plate, cut side down. Set aside to release the excess liquid at least 10 minutes.

Prepare the ingredients & make the chimichurri
2 Prepare the ingredients & make the chimichurri

Meanwhile, roughly chop the sweety drop peppers. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems. Pick the mint leaves off the stems; roughly chop the leaves. Quarter the lime. Roughly chop the jalapeño pepper; thoroughly wash your hands, knife, and cutting board immediately after handling. In a bowl, combine the cilantro sauce, chopped mint, the juice of 2 lime wedges, and as much of the chopped jalapeño as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Cook the quinoa
3 Cook the quinoa

Add the quinoa to the pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 20 to 22 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Cover to keep warm. 

Sear the zucchini
4 Sear the zucchini

Meanwhile, pat the zucchini dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. In a large pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the prepared zucchini, cut side down. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Carefully transfer to one side of a sheet pan, cut side down. Wipe out the pan.

Roast the vegetables
5 Roast the vegetables

Place the poblano pepper on the other side of the sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper; turn to coat. Roast 8 to 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are browned and softened. Transfer to a cutting board. Carefully cut the roasted zucchini on an angle into thirds. When cool enough to handle, cut off and discard the stem of the roasted poblano pepper. Halve lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then roughly chop. Thoroughly wash your hands, knife, and cutting board immediately after handling.

Cook the steaks & serve your dish
6 Cook the steaks & serve your dish

Meanwhile, pat the steaks dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned steaks. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Flip and cook 1 to 2 minutes for medium-rare (125°F), or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness.* Transfer to a cutting board; let rest at least 5 minutes. To the pot of cooked quinoa, add the sour cream, chopped poblano pepper, chopped sweety drop peppers, chopped parsley, the juice of the remaining lime wedges, and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper; stir to combine. Find the lines of muscle (or grain) on the rested steaks; slice crosswise against the grain. Serve the sliced steaks with the finished quinoa on the side. Top the quinoa with the roasted zucchini. Top the quinoa and steaks with the chimichurri. Garnish the quinoa with the almonds. Enjoy!

*The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for steak. Cook the steaks an additional 2 to 3 minutes to achieve this.
Consuming raw or undercooked meat, poultry, fish, seafood or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness. 

Tips from Home Chefs

Score & salt the zucchini
1 Score & salt the zucchini

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the zucchini lengthwise. Using the tip of your knife, score the cut sides of the zucchini diagonally to form a cross-hatch pattern, about 1/4-inch deep. Season the cut sides with a big pinch of salt, then place on a paper towel-lined plate, cut side down. Set aside to release the excess liquid at least 10 minutes.

2 Prepare the ingredients & make the chimichurri

Meanwhile, roughly chop the sweety drop peppers. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems. Pick the mint leaves off the stems; roughly chop the leaves. Quarter the lime. Roughly chop the jalapeño pepper; thoroughly wash your hands, knife, and cutting board immediately after handling. In a bowl, combine the cilantro sauce, chopped mint, the juice of 2 lime wedges, and as much of the chopped jalapeño as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Prepare the ingredients & make the chimichurri
Cook the quinoa
3 Cook the quinoa

Add the quinoa to the pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 20 to 22 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Cover to keep warm. 

4 Sear the zucchini

Meanwhile, pat the zucchini dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture. In a large pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the prepared zucchini, cut side down. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Carefully transfer to one side of a sheet pan, cut side down. Wipe out the pan.

Sear the zucchini
Roast the vegetables
5 Roast the vegetables

Place the poblano pepper on the other side of the sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper; turn to coat. Roast 8 to 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are browned and softened. Transfer to a cutting board. Carefully cut the roasted zucchini on an angle into thirds. When cool enough to handle, cut off and discard the stem of the roasted poblano pepper. Halve lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then roughly chop. Thoroughly wash your hands, knife, and cutting board immediately after handling.

6 Cook the steaks & serve your dish

Meanwhile, pat the steaks dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned steaks. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Flip and cook 1 to 2 minutes for medium-rare (125°F), or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness.* Transfer to a cutting board; let rest at least 5 minutes. To the pot of cooked quinoa, add the sour cream, chopped poblano pepper, chopped sweety drop peppers, chopped parsley, the juice of the remaining lime wedges, and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper; stir to combine. Find the lines of muscle (or grain) on the rested steaks; slice crosswise against the grain. Serve the sliced steaks with the finished quinoa on the side. Top the quinoa with the roasted zucchini. Top the quinoa and steaks with the chimichurri. Garnish the quinoa with the almonds. Enjoy!

*The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for steak. Cook the steaks an additional 2 to 3 minutes to achieve this.
Consuming raw or undercooked meat, poultry, fish, seafood or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness. 

Cook the steaks & serve your dish
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