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Grilled Skirt Steak

Summer’s fast approaching, don’t believe me? Walk outside! Grilling time’s here and there’s nothing unusual about grilling a steak, but… the following recipe is different and scrumptious!

Grilled Skirt Steak


Serves 4


  • 4 8oz skirt steak
  • 2 tbsp chilli powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup couscous
  • 1/2 large red onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 fennel bulb, top removed, halved, cored and sliced thinly
  • 8 radishes, ends trimmed, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 lb arugula
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin oil
  • 2 navel oranges, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 1/2 cup CS’ Olive Non-Fish Tapanade *


  1. Put the skirt flat on a baking sheet and season evenly on both sides with chilli powder, salt and pepper. Set aside so the flavors can sink in a bit.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rapid boil over medium-high heat. Add the couscous and stir with a wooden spoon. Cook the couscous for 15 minutes or so until the pellets are al dente. Drain and cool.
  3. Preheat the outdoor grill. rub the grill with oil to prevent sticking. Grill the onion slices for 2 minutes, turning often, until charred on both sides. Remove from grill and set aside.
  4. Lay the steaks on the grill and cook, turn them with togs from time to time, to sear well on all sides. It takes approximately 8 minutes for medium rare, longer if you prefer it more done. Take off the steaks and put them on a cutting board, let them rest for 3 minutes, this will allow the juices to recirculate.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the couscous, grilled onion, fennel, radishes, arugula, lemon juice and olive oil. Toss to combine, add salt and pepper.
  6. Divide the salad among 4 plates. Arrange 4 slices of orange on top of each plate. Cut each steak into 3 pieces, then turn each piece sideways and cut thin slices against the grain, to ensure tenderness. Shingle the slices on top of the salad. Spoon some of the tapenade on top and serve immediately.

* CS’ Olive Non-Fish Tapenade

Yield: just over 1 cup

  • 2 cups pitted Kalamata olives
  • 4 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 3 pieces of tablespoon-sized grilled eggplant
  • 2 tbsp capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp brandy (optional)
  • 1 tsp finely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor. With the machine running gradually add the oil until the desired consistency is reached. The tapenade should be coarsely chopped. It will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to weeks.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!



Tortilla -Wrapped Round Steak

Another recipe from the Lobel Brothers’ cookbook:

Tortilla-Wrapped Round Steak

Serves 6


  • 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed about 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 1 recipe Toasted Cumin Marinade *
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 large white onion, cut about 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Canola oil
  • Coarsely ground black pepper to taste
  • Twelve 7 inch flour tortillas
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped pickled jalapeno peppers
  • chopped cilantro or flat- leaf parsley
  • Baja-style tomato salsa * (optional)


  1. Put the steak in a glass or ceramic dish and add the marinade, turning the steaks several times to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 8 hours.
  2. Prepare a charcoal or gas grill. Lightly spray the grill rack with vegetable oil cooking spray. The coats should be moderately hot to hot.
  3. Lift the steak from the marinade, letting the marinade drip back into the dish. Grill the meat for 8 minutes, brushing several times with the marinade during the first 5 minutesof grilling. (The oil in the marinade may cause flare-ups). Turn and grill for 8 to 10 minutes longer until medium-rare, or until it reaches desired degree of doneness. Let the meat rest for a few minutes.
  4. Place the onion slices near the outside of the grillaway from the most intense heat, brush with oil, and sprinkle with the pepper. Turn once or twice, brushing with more oil, and grill for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the onions are lightly browned and tender. While they cook, wrap the tortillas in foil, place the packet on the outside edge of the grill, and let the tortillas warm while the steak and onions are cooking.
  5. Slice the steak into strips and separate the onions into rings. Arrange the steak, onions, chopped tomatoes, and jalapenos in the tortillas and wrap into a sandwich. Garnish with cilantro and top with salsa, if desired.

* Toasted Cumin Marinade

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Toasting spices enhances their flavors and this marinade, which combines some of the classic flavors of Asia, is wonderful with chicken, beef, you name it.


  • 1 cup Canola oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds (see Note)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Whisk together all the ingredients in a glass or ceramic bowl until blended. Adjust the seasonings. Use according to the recipe, or cover and refrigerate for as long as 2 days.

Note: To toast the cumin seeds, spread them in a dry skillet and toast them over medium heat, shaking the pan to prevent scorching, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until fragrant. Transfer the seeds to a plate to cool and stop the cooking.

* Baja-Style Tomato Salsa

Makes about 2 cups

This type of salsa, made with fresh with chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, and herbs, is a classic salsa fresca – which means it’s not cooked. Serve this with just about any meat or poultry. We especially like it on burgers.


  • 1 pound tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 yellow or red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup cooked corn kernels (see Note)
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeno or Serrano chillies, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste


Combine the tomatoes, peppers, corn, scallions, chillies, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, vinegar, and salt in a glass or ceramic bowl and stir gently to mix. Adjust the salt. Let the salsa stand for about an hour to let the flavors blend. Serve or cover and refrigeratefor several hours. Let the salsa come to room temperature before serving.

Note: You can use frozen corn kernels, cooked and cooled. For better flavor, use leftover boiled summer corn, or best yet, grill a few ears over hot coals or roast them in a very hot oven (400 F.) until the huskes blacken, which will take about 15 minutes and require turning several times. Let the corn cool and then slice the kernels from the cobs.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!!!


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