Southwestern Skirt Steak with Cheese Grits

Total Time:
35 min
10 min
25 min

4 servings

  • 2 poblano chile peppers, seeded and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 plum tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 1/2 cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 pound skirt steak, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Juice of 1 lime, plus wedges for serving
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Toss the poblanos and tomatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large bowl; season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast until tender and lightly browned in spots, about 25 minutes; set aside.

  • Meanwhile, bring 3 1/2 cups salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the grits, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer; cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Whisk in the cheese, butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt until smooth. Cover and set aside.

  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the steak with salt, pepper and the chili powder. Add to the skillet and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium rare. Transfer to a cutting board; let rest 5 minutes.

  • Toss the vegetables with the lime juice and cilantro. Slice the steak against the grain. Serve with the vegetables, grits and lime wedges.

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