"I HAVE TO RUB MY MEAT WITH WHAT?"
Coffee-rubbed steaks are unbelievably good. With the right coffee grounds, they infuse the meat with rich, juicy, and fruity flavor that might surprise you. Getting into steaks can be both intimidating and expensive, from purchasing the right cuts of meat (you can use flank or skirt steak for this), to actually having access to a grill. One might think it’s not possible for them to make a juicy steak at home for the cheap. For about $10 you can make this wonderfully tender and juicy flank steak topped with tangy Argentinian chimichurri and feel like you’ve been transported to a bougie South American steakhouse. I encourage you to give this “reverse sear” method a try! Warning: once you go reverse sear, you never go back.
- Two 4-oz or one 8-oz flank steak (I got it at Publix and cut into 4oz steaks and froze the rest)
- 2 tablespoons coffee grounds (I used Starbucks dark roast)
- 2 tablespoons sea salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 bunch parsley
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lime
On a plate or in a bowl, coat the steaks in salt and coffee mixture and massage the fibers to tenderize the meat. Wrap them in parchment paper and let the meat tenderize either overnight or 30 minutes prior to cooking.
- Take the meat out of the fridge and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- In a food processor or blender, combine parsley (de-stemmed), olive oil, splash of vinegar, lime juice, salt, pepper, and garlic until you get a relish or sauce - the longer you blend the smoother it will be
- Melt butter in a cast iron or all-clad skillet and sprinkle with salt
- Place the steaks in the skillet and into the oven.
- In about 4-5 minutes check the temp, should be between 120-125 for rare (add 10 degrees for medium rare, and so on)
- On a medium high stovetop, sear the steaks for color, constantly checking the temperature (yes they're going to initially appear raw!)
- Take the steaks off of heat once they reach 125 and put them on a cutting board allowing them to rest for 5-10 minutes (allows juices to flow and not escape the meat)
- Serve with that yummy chimichurri sauce on top and with your favorite veggie and grains on the side!
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