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Grilled Skirt Steak with Onion-Cilantro Relish

Source: Casual Cuisines of the World - Cantina
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 35 Minutes
  Serves 4
Spicy marinades are well suited to hearty cuts of meat like skirt steak. Take care not to marinate the steak too long, though, or the meat will be tough and stringy. The marinade is excellent with pork, lamb or chicken, too. Serve with fresh tortillas and refried beans.
For the Marinade:
4 dried Anaheim chili peppers
4 dried arbol chili peppers
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 clove garlic, minced
1 fresh jalapeno chili pepper, stemmed, seeded and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 pound trimmed skirt steak
For the Relish:
1 small white onion, minced
1 fresh serrano chili pepper, stemmed, seeded and minced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
Other necessary recipes:
Flour Tortillas
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Remove the stems from all the dried chilies, then shake out and discard the seeds. Place the chilies in a small saucepan with water just to cover. Bring to a boil, remove from the heat and let stand for 20 minutes to soften. Drain.

In a small, dry frying pan over medium heat, toast the cumin seeds until lightly browned and fragrant, 2-3 minutes. In a blender, combine the softened chilies, cumin seeds, garlic, jalapeno chili and red wine vinegar. Puree until thick and smooth, 1-2 minutes. Add the olive oil and salt and blend again until well mixed.

Place the skirt steak in a shallow nonaluminum dish and pour the marinade over it. Let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.

Prepare a fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a broiler.

In a small bowl, stir together the onion, serrano chili, cilantro, salt, lime juice and olive oil. Set aside until you are ready to serve.

When the fire is hot or the broiler is ready, place the steak on the grill rack about 3 inches from the coals, or place in a broiler pan at the same distance from the heat source. Grill or broil, turning once, until seared on the outside but still pink in the center, 1-2 minutes per side.

Slice the steak across the grain and on the diagonal. Arrange the slices on a platter and serve with the relish on the side.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 491
Fat. Total: 39g
Fiber: 2g
Carbohydrates, Total: 6g
Sodium: 1547mg
% Cal. from Fat: 71%
Cholesterol: 57mg
Protein: 24g
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