Prep 30 mins
Cook 5 mins
Barbecued beef tenderloin with a cilantro, mint leaves, garlic and flat leaf parsley chimichurri - This is so good!! I saw it made on a barbecue special on food network, the recipe is from Steven Reichlen. It is actually very easy to make. It calls for a 5-6" piece of tenderloin that you slice to make little "slabs" but I have just used steaks as well. I had to look up the word churrasco to find out what it was, it is pronounced "shoo ras koo" and means Brazilian barbecue.
- 1 (1 1/2 lb) beef tenderloin (5 to 6-inch piece)
Three Herb Chimichurri
- 1 cup cilantro leaf
- 1⁄2 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup flat leaf parsley
- 6 fresh garlic cloves, peeled
- 1⁄2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1⁄3 cup white vinegar
- 1⁄3 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- Prepare the chimichurri.
- Combine the herbs and garlic in a food processor and finely chop.
- Add the oil, vinegar, water, salt, pepper and hot pepper flakes and process to make a thick sauce.
- Correct the seasoning, adding salt or vinegar to taste.
- The chimichurri should be highly seasoned.
- Pour 1/4 of the chimichurri into a baking dish just large enough to hold the tenderloin.
- Holding the knife parallel to the cutting board, cut the tenderloin lengthwise into 4 flat even slices. Place each slice between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat cleaver to a thickness of 1/4 inch.
- Arrange the steaks on top of the chimichurri in the baking dish.
- Pour another 1/4 of the chimichurri on top.
- Marinate the beef for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Set up your grill for direct grilling and preheat to high.
- (We have done this on our gas grill and it was awesome, and we have done it on the charcoal grill with smoke chips - yummy!).
- Arrange the beef slices on the grate on the diagonal and grill until cooked to taste, about 2 minutes a side for medium-rare, rotating the slice 90 degrees after 1 minute to create an attractive crosshatch of grill marks.
- Transfer the churrasco to plates or a platter and serve with the remaining chimichurri sauce on the side.
- (We actually prefer it without the additional sauce on the side).
- (Do not overcook, it is not nearly as good well done!).