Flank Steak served with Roasted Pepper Pesto
28 oz (794 g) flank steak
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped, divided
4 tbsp (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tbsp (15 ml) red wine vinegar
1 tsp (5 ml) dried oregano
¼ tsp (1 ml) ground cumin
2 medium yellow peppers
¼ cup (60 ml) toasted pumpkin seeds, plus extra for garnish
1 lime, zest and juice
½ tsp (2.5 ml) kosher salt, plus extra to taste
¼ tsp (1 ml) pepper, plus extra to taste
1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded (optional), or to taste
1 small handful cilantro leaves, plus extra for garnish
1 small handful microgreens, for garnish (optional)
- Marinate steak the night before. Combine 1 garlic clove, 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil, vinegar, oregano and cumin. Rub all over steak and let marinate in refrigerator, covered, overnight.
- Roast yellow peppers; this can be done over a medium to high gas flame on the stove or barbecue, or in an oven under the broiler. Roast, turning often, until skins are evenly charred and blackened all over, about 7 to 15 minutes, depending on heat source. Place peppers in a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Allow to cool completely.
- Peel peppers and remove seeds and stems. Rinse away any remaining charred skin under running water. Dry peppers well.
- In a small food processor or blender, combine peppers, remaining garlic clove and 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil, pumpkin seeds, lime zest and juice, ½ tsp (2.5 ml) kosher salt, ¼ tsp (1 ml) pepper, jalapeño and cilantro. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Set aside; this can be made up to 1 day in advance and stored in refrigerator.
- 1 hour before cooking, remove steak from refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.
- Preheat barbecue to medium-high. Season steak with salt and pepper. Grill for 4 to 7 minutes per side, until it reaches an internal temperature of 125 F (51 C) for rare to 135 F (57 C) for medium-rare. Let steak rest for 5 minutes, then slice it against the grain. Garnish with pumpkin seeds, cilantro and microgreens and serve with roasted pepper pesto.