Grilled Skirt Steak with Tomatillo Salad

For Tomatillo Salsa:

  • 4 pasillas de Oaxaca (dried smoked chiles), wiped clean
  • 1 pound fresh tomatillos, husked and rinsed, then quartered
  • 1 C packed cilantro sprigs
  • 2 C
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon molasses (not blackstrap)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/3 Old World Olive Co. Garlic EVOO

For Steaks and Tomatillo Salad:

  • 1/4 C Old World Olive Co. Garlic EVOO
  • 3/4 t ground cumin
  • 1 3/4 pounds skirt steak, halved
  • 1/2 pound fresh tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 1 C cilantro leaves
  • 2 t finely chopped shallot
  • 2 t fresh lime juice

Preparada

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Grill steaks:
Blend 2 tablespoons OWOC EVOO, cumin, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1 tsp pepper, then slice steaks in 1/4 inch against grain on a 45 degree angle.  Let stand at room temperature.
Prepare a grill for direct-heat cooking over hot charcoal on high.  While the coals are getting to the right level, make your salsa and salad.Oil grill rack, then grill steaks to medium rare until grill marks appear, 4 to 6 minutes total for medium-rare. Let steaks rest on a cutting board, loosely covered with foil, 10 minutes.
Salad :
Thinly slice tomatillos and toss with cilantro, shallot, lime juice, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and salt and pepper .
Salsa:
Slit chilis lengthwise, then stem and seed. Heat a dry heavy skillet (non-stick if you have one) over medium heat until hot, then toast chilis, opened flat, turning and pressing with tongs, until more pliable and slightly changed and turning  color, about 1 minute. Cover chilis with some hot water in a pot and soak until softened, about 20 minutes, then drain. Purée chilis, tomatillos, cilantro, garlic, brown sugar, molasses, cumin, and 1 teaspoon salt in a blender.Heat oil in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat , then cook salsa, stirring occasionally, until kind of thick, 4 to 9 minutes.
Serve:
Cut steaks into serving pieces and top with salsa and salad.

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