CARNIVORE / GLUTEN-FREE / SERVES: 4 / COST PER SERVING: $25
3 lb skirt steak
4 ears of corn
2 cans cuban style black beans
- 2 bunches flat-leaf parsley
- 1 bunch oregano
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1/2 c olive oil
- 1/4 c red wine vinegar
- salt to taste
CILANTRO LIME BUTTER (CORN)
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 3 limes, juiced
- 1/2 c butter (vegan: use olive oil)
- pinch of red pepper flake
- salt to taste
BROWN BUTTER GLAZE (PLANTAINS)
- 1/2 c butter
- 1/2 c brown sugar (vegan: use olive oil)
- 2 tbl apple cider vinegar
Takes about 2 hours.
Make the chimichurri first to marinate the steak: In a food processor combine parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, and red wine vinegar. Once pureed, add salt to taste. I recommend marinating the steak in a ziplock bag so you don't need as much chimichurri to coat the steak and will have some leftover for topping.
Fill a pot of water and soak the corn so it doesn't burn on the grill.
Make the cilantro lime butter for the corn: Combine melted butter, lime juice, and cilantro. Once blended, add salt and red pepper flake to taste.
Make the brown butter glaze for the plantains: In a container that has a cover, stir melted butter, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Add plantains to marinate, making sure they are coated.
Strain the cuban style black beans and store in a microwave safe bowl for heating up later.
Fire up the grill and put the corn on, shucks and all, rotating often. I grilled the corn for about an hour and it was perfect, but don't be afraid of over cooking it if you've left the shucks on.
Transfer plantains to a baking sheet and place on the grill—cook on each side for 20 minutes.
I love cooking at my brother in-law's cabin because it has everything you need and nothing you don't—so you're forced to keep things simple.
Bonus: even though plantains are deliciously starchy, they're gluten free.
Soak the corn ahead of time to keep the husks from burning.
This meal is made almost entirely on the grill with one pan used for the plantains, plus the bowl for warming the black beans.
I often eat vegan or vegetarian, but my sister is true vegan and I love making flavorful sides that she can eat. It pushes me to make everything tasty, not just the "main".
When I do eat meat, I make sure it's grass fed with an animal welfare rating of Step 3 or higher.
You can read about the Whole Foods rating system here.