Beef skewers with chimichurri rice salad

Beef skewers with chimichurri rice salad

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(2 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 35 mins plus marinating

Easy

Serves 6

Bring some South American sunshine to your barbecue plate with chimichurri rice and cumin spiced sirloin

Nutrition and extra info

  • uncooked skewers only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal457
  • fat22g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre11g
  • protein26g
  • salt0.5g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • juice and zest 2 limes, plus wedges to serve
    Lime

    Lime

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    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 3 sirloin steaks or rump steak, fat trimmed, cut into long strips
    Sirloin steak

    Sirloin steak

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    This well-flavoured steak needs to be cooked carefully, and rested properly to ensure…

  • 200g long grain rice or wild rice mix
  • 2 x 400g cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 shallots, finely diced
    Shallot

    Shallot

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    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 2 ripe avocados, chopped into small chunks
    Avocado

    Avocado

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    Although it's technically a fruit, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Native…

  • 200ml Greek yogurt or natural yogurt, to serve
  • 20cm piece cucumber, chopped into small chunks

For the chimichurri

  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
    Shallot

    Shallot

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    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • small pack coriander
  • small pack flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 2 tsp dried oregano
    Oregano

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  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped

You'll also need

  • 6 large or 12 small metal or pre-soaked wooden skewer

Method

  1. First, make the chimichurri base. Put the shallot in a mini food processor with the garlic, herbs and oil. Pulse until finely chopped but still with some texture – like a chunky pesto. Put 1 1/2 tbsp in a small bowl and set aside. Mix the red wine vinegar, chilli and 1 tbsp water into the remaining mixture and season. Chill until assembling.

  2. Stir the cumin seeds and lime juice into the reserved 1 1/2 tbsp chimichurri base, then spoon all over the steak strips in a non-metallic dish. Give everything a good mix to coat, then marinate in the fridge for at least 30 mins, or up to 2 hrs.

  3. Rinse the rice and put in a saucepan with triple the volume of water. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat, cover and simmer gently until cooked. Drain any remaining liquid, then spread on a tray to cool quickly.

  4. When the rice is almost cool, stir in half the chimichurri sauce with the black beans, shallots, avocado and cucumber.

  5. Thread the beef onto 6 large or 12 small skewers and heat the grill or a griddle pan to high. Grill for 3-4 mins each side, or griddle for 1-2 mins each side, depending on how well cooked you like your steak. Serve the rice on a platter with the skewers, lime wedges, yogurt mixed with lime zest and black pepper, and the remaining chimichurri.

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amysarahjohnsto...
3rd May, 2017
LOVE THIS! Very yummy! Just spent ages looking for the original magazine it was in (I made some notes) - it wasnt Nov 2015. Anyone know?
thirteengloves
22nd Apr, 2017
3.8
Super easy - good quick fresh taste. I cheaped out on the beef though, wouldn't recommend doing that.
lahelapixie
22nd Apr, 2017
3.8
Tasty, used rump steak and added some bulgur wheat and quinoa to the rice. Didn't get 5 stars just cause the instructions made it seem more complicate than it is really.
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