Day 9 and Brazil are on the Menu
Day 9 of 2018 World Cup sees the cooking remaining in South America. We move slightly north to Brazil to cook Picanha Steak which is a popular cut in South America in general.
Picanha is a cut of beef called the Rump Cap. These individual steaks were from Turner & George, but you can buy a larger joint and cook it in a variety of different ways.
This again was a fairly simple cook. I set the BBQ up for direct cooking. I added the steak and cooked for 90 seconds each side. I think 60 seconds each side would have been better but still really enjoyed them.
Once cooked, I allowed them to rest for 5 minutes and cooked the plantains whilst the steak rested. To serve I sliced the steak into strips, and plated with the plantains, salad and then drizzled the chimichurri over the top.
Again a fairly easy cook but I really do love this cut of beef. I have not had a bad Picanha Steak yet and I really like the addition of the chimichurri. I also really liked the fried plantains. They are one of my favourite for discoveries so far, whilst doing the World Cup of BBQ.
Picanha Steak with Chimichurri and Fried Plantain
- Prep Time15 min
- Cook Time10 min
- Total Time25 min
For the Steak
- 2 Picanha Steaks
- 3 large garlic cloves minced
- 2 shallots minced
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves chopped very finely
- 1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves chopped very finely
- 2 red chilies seeds removed and sliced very thinly
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Prepare the chimichurri. by combining the garlic, shallots, parsley, oregano, chilies, cider vinegar, olive oil and salt in a blender until you have a smooth mixture.
Take your steak out the fridge about an hour before you want to cook them. Sprinkle both sides with some salt.
Set your BBQ up for a direct cook and when ready to cook, place your steaks on the grate and cook for around 90 seconds on each side.
Remove the steaks and let them rest for around 5 minutes. Whilst they are resting slice the plantain and fry them for 2 minutes 30 seconds each side.
Slice the steak and plate up with the plantains and salad.