RECIPE

Chimichurri Steak, Chicken or Pork Chops with Asparagus and Tomato

Chimichurri originated in Argentina and is fantastic with all kinds of grilled meats.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons capers
  • 2 large cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 2 cups arugula leaves
  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar (eyeball it)
  • 2 tablespoons anchovy paste
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for rubbing
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablesppons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups instant couscous (from a 10 ounce box)
  • 4 small strip steaks or 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves or 4 boneless pork chops, at room temperature
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

Preparation

Using a food processor, finely chop the capers and garlic. Add the arugula, parsley, vinegar, anchovy paste and 1/4 cup EVOO and pulse until a coarse chimichurri sauce forms; set aside.


In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth and butter to a boil. Stir in the sun-dried tomato paste and couscous, cover and turn off the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.


While the couscous is working, heat a grill pan or large skillet over medium heat. Rub the meat with EVOO and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare steak and 5 minutes on each side for chicken or pork. Let the meat rest for a couple of minutes.

Fill a deep, medium skillet with one inch of water and bring to a boil. Salt the water, add the asparagus and cook until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain and toss with the lemon juice and a drizzle of EVOO.


Top the meat with the chimichurri and serve the asparagus and couscous alongside.

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