Picanha, chimichurri and sweet and sour peppers

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 6 people

Picanha (aka rump cap) and chimichurri is a typical Brazilian churrasco pairing, though the peppers are something of an add-on. Choose rump cap with a good cover of fat on it - the fat bastes the meat as it cooks. Begin this recipe a day ahead to prepare the peppers.

  • 12 rump cap or sirloin cap steaks (150gm each)
  • To serve: lemon wedges
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  • Sweet and sour peppers
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) olive oil
  • 3 red capsicum, thinly sliced, seeds discarded
  • ½ Spanish onion, thinly sliced into wedges
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) aged red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
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  • Chimichurri
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped coriander
  • ¼ cup finely chopped oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) olive oil
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp each ground roasted cumin and coriander
  • Juice of 1½ lemons
01   For sweet and sour peppers, preheat oven to 180C. Roast almonds in oven until just golden (5-7 minutes), then set aside. Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat, add capsicum and onion and stir occasionally until caramelised (25-30 minutes), then add remaining ingredients and stir occasionally until a glaze forms (2-4 minutes), Season to taste. Set aside to cool, then refrigerate overnight for flavours to meld.
02   Light your barbecue, preferably using organic coconut-based charcoal, about 45 minutes before you want to cook so you have good glowing coals for medium to medium-high heat.
03   Score the fat cap of each steak at intervals and thread 2 steaks on each of 6 metal skewers. Season to taste and grill over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until steaks are cooked to your liking (10-15 minutes for medium). Set aside in a warm place to rest (10 minutes).
04   Meanwhile, for chimichurri, combine ingredients in a bowl and season to taste.
05   Serve steaks hot with chimichurri and sweet and sour peppers.

Topics:

STEAK, LATIN AMERICAN, GARLIC, CAPSICUM, SUMMER, MAIN, CORIANDER, OREGANO, PAPRIKA, CUMIN, BEEF, DRINK SUGGESTION, PARSLEY, ONIONS, LEMONS

Recipe:

LISA FEATHERBY

Photography:

WILLIAM MEPPEM

Styling:

LUCY WEIGHT

Drinking Suggestion:

ROBUST MALBEC , suggested by MAX ALLEN

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Jan 2014

Jan 2014

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