Strip Steaks and Vegetables with Spicy Chimichurri

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Tender slices of steak brightened with a drizzle of cilantro-packed sauce make the perfect porch dinner.

Strip Steaks and Vegetables with Spicy Chimichurri
 
Makes 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 pound baby Yukon gold potatoes, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pound zucchini, cut diagonally into ¼-inch-thick slices
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 4 (6-ounce) strip steaks
  • Garnish: fresh cilantro leaves
Instructions
  1. In the work bowl of a food processor, pulse together cilantro, vinegar, ½ teaspoon salt, red pepper, and garlic until finely chopped. With processor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until smooth. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Preheat grill to high heat (400° to 450°). Place a 12-inch cast-iron skillet on grill to heat for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, add potatoes to a microwave-safe dish, and cover with plastic wrap. Cut a vent in plastic wrap. Microwave on high until almost tender, about 6 minutes.
  4. Heat canola oil in skillet. Add potatoes to skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 3 minutes. Remove from skillet. Add zucchini; cook, turning occasionally, until lightly charred, about 3 minutes. Remove from skillet. Sprinkle vegetables with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  5. Sprinkle steaks with remaining 1 teaspoon salt and remaining ½ teaspoon pepper. Spray skillet with nonflammable cooking spray.
  6. Add steaks to skillet; cook until desired doneness, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from skillet; cover with foil, and let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with vegetables and cilantro sauce. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.