Grass-fed & -finished beef with red chimichurri over a raw kale salad. My Paleo lunch did not suck in any way. At all. Big thanks to the folks at Walnut Grove Farm who made this gorgeous bit of sirloin possible. (They’re only at the market once a month, so I’ll be stocking up next time I see them. They’re a good source for leaf lard, too, once I get through the three cups of rendered lard still sitting in my fridge. It’ll be a while.)
The steak was so juicy and beefy, it didn’t really need the chimichurri, but I’d already made it a couple of hours before, just in case. You never know. It’s really my favorite sauce for steak, with bold flavors that somehow don’t overpower (or get overpowered by) beef, but it’s great on potatoes, eggs and probably a lot of other dishes I haven’t yet thought of, too.
Like many chimichurris, this one uses lots of parsley. I stopped my preparations to take a picture because, really, doesn’t this look like a bouquet? You could wrap the base in florist’s tape and ribbon and sell this to a bride for an outrageous price.
I was beginning to feel a little left out of the annual “What am I going to DO with all of this zucchini/squash?” discussion, so I picked up a metric shit-ton at the market. I already had plans for most of it, though — Summer Squash with Baked Eggs from The Kitchn. This is one of those recipes, like that amazing ratatouille from a few years ago, that becomes so much more than the sum of its parts, helped in no small measure by a liberal dose of smoked paprika. I plan to make this a regular feature for the next few weeks, while summer produce is still around.
Chimichurri adapted from Epicurious
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup minced onion
1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
4 fresh bay leaves, minced (optional)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
Whisk all ingredients in medium bowl. Let stand at room temperature 2 hours. Spoon over sliced steak, roasted potatoes, eggs, or anything that needs a delicious, vinegary punch.
Raw Kale Salad
lemon juice (or your favorite vinegar)
Remove tough stem from kale and chop leaves into thin ribbons, then put into large bowl. Massage leaves with olive oil, lemon juice and salt until wilted. (I usually add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, the juice of half of a lemon and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to start, then adjust from there.)