GRILLED STRIP STEAKS WITH GREEN RICE AND CILANTRO SAUCE

SERVES 4

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS? Cooking the rice as you would pasta speeds up the process.

3 cups fresh cilantro leaves and stems, chopped coarse

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed

Salt and pepper

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 cup long grain white rice

1 (1 pound) strip steaks, trimmed and halved crosswise

1. Pulse cilantro, vinegar, garlic,1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and pepper flakes in food processor until finely chopped , about 12 pulses. Transfer to bowl and stir in 1/2 cup oil; set aside.

2. Bring 2 quarts water to boil in large saucepan. Add rice and 2 tsp salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender, about 12 minutes. Drain rice in fine mesh strainer and return it to saucepan. Stir 3 tbsp cilantro sauce into rice. Cover and set aside.

3.Pat steaks dry with paper towels. Brush steaks with remaining 2 tbsp oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over hot fire until meat registers 125 degrees (for medium rare)0, 4 to 8 minutes per side. Serve with rice and remaining cilantro sauce.

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