Men, red wine and steak: It's the classic combination, in all seasons and for all occasions, and especially for Father's Day, celebrated this year on June 17. In theory, this should be an annual day off for dads, a time for the rest of the family to provide a great meal and the right wine for him. But this recipe, for grilled skirt steak with sun-dried tomato and almond salsa, is so easy that, even if Dad can't be persuaded to abandon his station at the grill, he'll barely break a sweat.
Skirt steak cooks quickly, needs no marinade and is loaded with intense beefy flavor. And the salsa—whose toasty, briny and very gently sweet and acidic components provide just enough contrast to a range of Argentinean Malbecs (see our recently rated suggestions below)—comes together in under five minutes. Add some potatoes and a romaine salad, lightly dressed, and you've got a meal fit for a king—or a dad. Happy Father's Day!
Grilled Skirt Steak with Sun-Dried Tomato and Almond Salsa
For the salsa:
• 1/2 cup almonds, toasted and finely chopped
• 1/4 cup oil-cured black olives, finely chopped
• 1 medium shallot, peeled and finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
• 2/3 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons best-quality red wine vinegar
• 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
At least 1 hour before cooking the steak, combine all of the ingredients in a non-reactive bowl and stir well to combine. If making several hours before cooking steak, cover and refrigerate. Adjust seasoning and bring to room temperature before serving. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
For the steak:
• 3 pounds skirt steak, trimmed and cut into 5-inch wide pieces
• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Preheat a grill to medium-high heat or heat a grill pan over high heat until just smoking. Season the meat with the salt and pepper and cook about 5 to 7 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest 5 minutes before serving, with the salsa drizzled over or served alongside. Serves 6 to 8.
RECOMMENDED MALBECS FROM ARGENTINA
Note: The following list is a selection of outstanding and very good wines from recently rated releases. More wines can be found in our Wine Ratings Search.
BODEGAS ESCORIHUELA Malbec Mendoza Don Miguel Gascón Reserva 2009 Score: 90 | $25
Displays a deep, dense of core of crushed blackberry, raspberry and light blueberry hints, all finely wrapped with nuances of spice, licorice and fine tannins, as the minerally finish sails on. Drink now through 2015. 6,200 cases imported.—N.W.
CAMINO DE LOS 7 LAGOS Malbec Neuquén Reserva 2009 Score: 89 | $16
Aromas of smoke and spice follow through to a palate of racy blackberry and damson plum notes. This is superfresh, opening up with hints of mineral and grilled herb on the juicy finish. Drink now. 50,000 cases made.—N.W.
MUÑOZ DE TORO PATAGONIA Malbec Neuquén Valle Perdido 2008 Score: 89 | $15
A spicy yet racy red, featuring ripe raspberry ganache and perfumy blackberry coulis notes, tightly wound with baking spice, mesquite and graphite notes. Drink now. 6,000 cases made.—N.W.
BODEGAS TERRAZAS DE LOS ANDES Malbec Mendoza Reserva 2009 Score: 89 | $18
Dark, with an inviting mix of wild berry coulis, plum skin and cassis flavors. Yet there's firm tannins, with hints of spice and mineral on the finish. Drink now. 30,000 cases imported.—N.W.
BODEGAS SALENTEIN Malbec Uco Valley Reserve 2010 Score: 88 | $19
This juicy red offers a floral mix of raspberry, cassis and blackberry fruit notes, backed by bright acidity and a fine, minerally finish. Drink now. 33,000 cases made.—N.W.
ALAMOS Malbec Mendoza Selección 2009 Score: 87 | $20
Offers a jammy mix of crushed dark cherry, blackberry and plum flavors, framed by toasty oak, spice and mesquite notes. Solid length. Drink now. 12,500 cases imported.—N.W.
VALENTÍN BIANCHI Malbec Mendoza 2010 Score: 87 | $13
A pure version, offering a solid mix of blackberry and black cherry pulp notes, as light tannins frame the minerally finish. Drink now. 20,000 cases made.—N.W.
BODEGA SEPTIMA Malbec Mendoza 2010 Score: 87 | $11
This medium-bodied red offers a ripe core of blackberry, dark plum and cherry pulp flavors, giving way to floral hints of mineral and earth in the tangy finish. Drink now. 30,000 cases imported.—N.W.
FINCA SOPHENIA Malbec Tupungato Altosur 2010 Score: 87 | $12
Ripe yet fresh, sporting a racy mix of dark raspberry, blackberry and spicy fig notes layered with hints of baking spice and graphite on the finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases made.—N.W.
BODEGAS TERRAZAS DE LOS ANDES Malbec Mendoza Altos del Plata 2010 Score: 87 | $12
Ripe, yet fresh, showing lively plum and wild berry notes that expand with hints of spice and salted licorice. Drink now. 40,000 cases imported.—N.W.
MICHEL TORINO Malbec Calchaquí Valley Don David Reserve 2010 Score: 87 | $16
Juicy, displaying layers of fresh crushed raspberry, blackberry and spice notes. Medium-grained tannins are well-integrated and frame the minerally finish. Drink now. 82,000 cases made.—N.W.
VISTA DEL SUR Malbec Uco Valley High Note Elevated 2010 Score: 87 | $15
Floral-tinged and well-balanced, with ripe blackberry and blueberry notes woven with hints of flint, sweet spice and licorice, as light tannins and juicy acidity support the solid finish. Drink now. 20,000 cases made.—N.W.