Sunday, July 8, 2012

Steak à la Sam

Figure 1: Steak extraordinaire! 

On my first weekend in Buenos Aires, Sam and the guys at the RoadHouse cobbled together the barbecue sitting on the rooftop terrace and cooked up some steak on the open grill. We all sat on the rooftop drinking Malbec, munching on nachos, and when the steak was ready, they cut them into bite size pieces and passed it around. It was just so incredibly juicy, tender and succulent. Sam promise me he'd teach me how to cook steak like that before I left. 

Figure 2: On the rooftop

Figure 3: Reason #674 why I love South America - amazing meat! 

Figure 4: We love our bread. We love our butter. But most of all. We love our steak. 

Figure 5: Ridiculously juicy 

Figure 6: Masterclass

So on a Wednesday night, true to his word, Sam taught me his ways. I made up some mashed potato and a simple salad, and Sam worked his magic on a couple of steaks while I watched and learned. Here's the recipe. 


Rock salt
A few cloves fresh garlic
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1 tbsp oregano
A shitload of chimmichurri
1 tbsp dried rosemary
Black pepper
Olive oil, nicked from someone else's locker

Figure 7: Herby goodness! 


1. Take your delicious 10 peso store-bought steak and season generously with rock salt.
2. Squish the garlic cloves on the counter with the chopping board, then chop them up and put them in a bowl.
3. Throw in all the herbs and spices with enough olive oil to cover the mixture.
4. Mix well and pour over steaks, using your hands to rub in the marinade.
5. Bake in the oven or over an open grill until cooked to your liking.

Figure 8: Awww yeah. 

Figure 9: Reason #452 why I love South America - alfajores

And just because he's a lad, Sam bought us some dessert too - white chocolate alfajores, which is a biscuit made up of two round sweet biscuits with dulce de leche sandwiched in between. Bless! 

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