Valentine’s Day is right around then corner and Mr.B will happily tell you that his idea of a romantic dinner is simple… steak. He is not particular about the cut, as long as it is cooked to a perfect medium rare he is happy! The foodie in me likes to get creative with marinades and toppings made from seasonal ingredients.
For the last several weeks we have been inundated with greens at the farmers market… mustard and dandelion greens, collards, salad mixes, micro-greens and every kind of kale you can imagine! My favorite of them all though is spinach… as a kid I would eat it wilted with a splash of vinegar. In my adulthood I love to mix it into pasta dishes or soups.
When Mr.B (predictably) asked for red meat on Valentine’s Day I whole heartedly agreed with the idea. I have a secret weapon… why use spinach as a side dish when I can incorporate it into the main event! Chimichurri is a traditional Argentinian condiment made with parsley, garlic, vinegar and oil that is served with grilled meat. My spin combines earthy spinach and savory green chiles with cilantro, a dash of smoky cumin and tangy lime juice.
Use this mix as a marinade or spoon it over your favorite cut of beef for a flavorfully sexy holiday dinner!
the new Mrs.B
- 2 cups packed fresh spinach
- ½ cup packed cilantro
- 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 3 green chilies (substitute 4 ounces canned green chilies)
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flake
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- Juice of 2 limes
- ½- ⅔ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Move oven rack to the highest level, preheat oven broiler. Place green chilies on a baking sheet, roasted until charred. Rotate to char each side. Remove chilies, put in a small bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let sit 10 minutes.
- Remove stems, skins and seeds from roasted chilies, roughly chop.
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped but not pureed. Adjust amount of oil to reach desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve over your favorite steak.