These crazy delicious Chimichurri Steak Bites are the perfect appetizer for any party. They're a super easy to make and fuss free appy that everyone will LOVE. Bonus points that they're healthy, too! Dairy-free + paleo + Whole30 compliant.
Friends! I've made you my fav party appy. 🎉
Between the May Long Weekend here in Canada and Memorial Day weekend for all my American peeps, we've had a lot of parties over the last few weeks. And of course, there are the hockey playoffs happening, which means there are even more parties to be had. But let's be honest, there's never such a thing as too many parties or too much party food.
These chimichurri steak bites are PERFECT for a party.
- They're made with an inexpensive (and super flavorful) cut of meat that we make tender with a secret little trick. Budget cuts are ideal for parties so you can feed a crowd without breaking the bank.
- Making these steak bites couldn't be any easier. If you can turn on your grill or your stovetop, you can make these.
- They can be served hot or cold. You can go ahead and make them in advance if you're taking them to a party or don't want to cook when guests arrive.
- The presentation is all about the pile of meat. Nothing fussy here! So many party appetizers are finicky, these are as easy as it gets.
- Most importantly … they are SO DELICIOUS! Between the tasty steak and the easy to make chimichurri sauce, these guys are bursting with flavor.
You might have noticed that I've worked with Vitamix quite a few times in the past. Ever since I bought mine about 4 years ago now, I've been trying to convince everyone I know to buy one, too. I'm not going to lie, getting paid to do what I do anyway is pretty damn awesome.
When we decided to team up again, I wanted to choose a recipe that showed off what a Vitamix can really do. I mean come on, we all know that a Vitamix is the blender you want to turn your smoothies, sauces, everythings into creamy smooth velvet.
But your Vitamix can do so much more than make things smooth!
We use ours to grind our coffee. I've ground oats into flour. Made icing sugar in a pinch when I once ran out. And used it to chop everything from chunky soups to this chimichurri sauce.
That's right, your Vitamix can grind and chop as well as it can blend.
Simply add all the chimichurri ingredients and blend on low until it is chopped. You can adjust the speed to make it chunkier or smoother, depending on your preference.
Let's talk steak …
There is a SERIOUS lack of steak recipes on the blog, and I'm thinking that needs to change. Like, starting now. With these steak bites. Let's dive right in.
I've made these steak bites using flank steak. Have you cooked with it before? It's a super lean cut of meat that comes from the belly (close to the hind legs) of a cow. Flank steak is known for being flavorful, but tough if it's not prepared right. Don't worry, making it tender isn't exactly rocket science.
It's a two-step process to tenderize flank steak. Are you ready for it?
- Marinate the heck out of it. I've opted for a vinegar-based marinade to go along with the vinegary chimichurri. The acid in the vinegar starts to break down the tough muscle fibers. It's magic.
- Slice the steak across the grain. You can see in the picture below that the grain runs from end to end. These are the tough muscle fibers that are bonded together. Cutting them across the grain and into thin slices, means your teeth don't have to do the work of breaking them apart.
That's it! Easy, right?
Putting it all together …
Honestly, these steak bites pretty much make themselves. Other than pouring some oil and vinegar over them the night before and turning them once on the grill (or in your skillet) they're completely hands off. And your Vitamix makes the chimichurri sauce, so you don't have to worry about that part.
Basically, they're the next closest thing to buying a store-bought appetizer. Only WAY better, of course.
Once the steak is grilled and sliced and your Vitamix finishes making the chimichurri sauce, all you have to do is pile everything on a plate. Nothing fussy here. Make a mountain out of the steak, sprinkle a few cherry tomatoes and red onion slices around, and top with some of the chimichurri. Put some toothpicks on the side and let your guests dig in!
If you make these Chimichurri Steak Bites make sure you snap a pic and tag #theendlessmeal on Instagram so I can like and comment on your photos. I love seeing TEM recipes you create!
- ½ cup each: red wine vinegar and olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, sliced
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1½ lb flank steak
- 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- ⅛th red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 packed cup parsley, minced
- ¼ cup sherry or red wine vinegar
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- A generous pinch of red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Place the vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a large, resealable bag. Add the steak, remove the air from the bag, and seal. Place the bag in your fridge and marinate for 24 hours. Note: I like to put the bag on a tea towel just in case it leaks a little.
- Place all the chimichurri ingredients except the salt and pepper into your Vitamix. Blend slowly so the chimichurri is chopped. You don't want it pureed. Setting three on my Vitamix is the ideal speed. Season to taste with salt and pepper
- Take the steak out of the fridge about an hour before you want to grill it. When you're ready, oil your grill and preheat it to high. Cook the steak for 4-5 minutes per side. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes.
- Carve the steak into thin strips cutting against the grain. Note: you can cook the steak in a heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat on your stovetop. Make sure to open all your windows as it will smoke a lot.
- Place the steak bites on a serving plate, sprinkle the cherry tomatoes and red onion over the top, spoon some of the chimichurri on the steak then serve the remainder on the side.