Thursday, February 17, 2011

Carne Asada Colombiana (Grilled Flank Steak)

Carne asada is sold in artisanal  grills around the country, normally prepared over wood fires and served with chimichurri, arepas,salted potatoes and aji pique.

Ingredients for 4 servings

 2 pounds beef ( flank steak or fillet)


2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup beer
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pinch chili flakes
2 tablespoons orange juice (it can be replaced by white vinegar)
2 tablespoons olive oil

In a blender place all the marinade ingredients and process for 2 minutes. Rub the meat with the marinade and place in a zip lock bag and refrigerate over night or at least 2 hours.

Prepare the barbecue or cast iron grill to medium-high heat. Remove the meat from the marinade and discard the marinade. Season with a pinch of salt on both sides and place on the grill. Grill steak to desire doneness. About 5 minutes for medium-rare (145 F internal temperature), 7 for medium (160 F internal temperature), and 9-10 minutes for well-done (170 F internal temperature).

Remove the steak from the grill and place on a cutting board. Let stand for 5 minutes. Cut across grain into thin strips serve with chimichurri and arepas.