Grgich Hills Estate Winery

Grilled Skirt Steak

September 5, 2013 • Posted in: Zinfandel

…with zinfandel sauce and blue cheese

Skirt SteakPair with Grgich Hills Estate Zinfandel, Miljenko’s Old Vines; Serves 4

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 4 each garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 ½ pounds skirt steak, cleaned

Sauce: Soak raisins in wine for at least 2 hours

  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup Zinfandel, Miljenko’s Old Vines
  • 1 Tablespoon shallots, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons pine nuts (toasted)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup beef or chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, cold
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian parsley, fresh, chopped
  • 4 ounces (weight) blue cheese
  • 1 cup caramelized onions

Combine the olive oil, herbs, garlic, salt and black pepper. Completely coat the skirt steak with this mixture and marinate overnight or at least 2 hours. Place raisins, wine and shallots in sauce pan and reduce to 1/3. Add pine nuts, mustard, broth and simmer slowly until it thickens. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer and then hold while you grill the skirt steak. When the beef is almost done, add the parsley and butter into the sauce and swirl until it becomes part of the sauce. Top the grilled steak with crumbled blue cheese and serve with the sauce and warm Zinfandel caramelized onions.

Zinfandel Caramelized Onions:

  • 4 medium red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups Zinfandel
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch salt

In a heavy bottomed sauce pot place the onions, red wine, sugar, salt, and bay leaf. Cover tightly and simmer for 15 minutes. On a medium high flame. Uncover and continue cooking for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until almost all of the liquid has evaporated. Onions may be served room temperature.

Recipe/photo: Bruce Riezenman Chef/Owner of Park Avenue Catering;
author of PairIt! mobile phone application