Whether he's an avid collector who helped spark your own passion for wine, or just discovering wine's many joys and possibilities, doesn't your dad deserve to enjoy some great bottles and delicious food? Father's Day is next Sunday, June 19, and we suggest you show your respect and appreciation for all the fathers in your life with a classic combination: grilled steak and red wine.
Chef Steven Tevere, the executive chef at Napa's Carneros Inn, has shared his foolproof recipe for rib eye steaks with sweet and savory roasted shallots, potatoes cooked on the grill and a piquant chimichurri sauce that adds a South American touch to the table. Says the chef of this modernized riff on meat and potatoes, "The shallots and the chimichurri sauce give this dish an added twist that's sure to please any father who loves to eat beef. I’ve served this to my family in the past and have received nothing but requests for more."
As for what to pour with the meal, we've provided a list of recommended, recently rated Zinfandels, which make a natural pairing with grilled foods, and especially those with a bit of spice, and Malbecs, whose affinity for steak is a point of Argentine pride. Happy Father's Day!
Grilled Rib Eye Steaks with Bourbon-Roasted Shallots, Grilled Yukon Potatoes and Chimichurri
Recipe by Steven Tevere, executive chef at the Carneros Inn, Napa, Calif.
For the steaks:
• 4 bone–in rib eye steaks, preferably grass-fed
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
• 1/4 cup olive oil
1. Build as hot a fire as your grilling unit will permit, using hardwood charcoal such as mesquite or hickory. When the coals are very hot, spread them evenly and replace the grill. Brush the grill lightly with oil and let it get hot before putting the meat on. Have a spray bottle of water ready to extinguish any grease flare-ups as the steaks cook.
2. Let the steaks come to room temperature. Season each steak generously with salt and pepper and rub each steak with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
3. Arrange the steaks on the grill without letting them touch (air must circulate to brown them evenly). Watch the top surface carefully. After 5 to 7 minutes, little drops of red juice will start to bead on the surface. This is the signal to turn the steaks.
4. Turn the steaks using tongs. Season them lightly on the uncooked side. Watch for the telltale beading again. This signals a rare to medium rare steak. Allow another 1 to 2 minutes for medium, and another 2 to 3 minutes for well-done, turning again halfway through the additional time. Serve the steaks on hot plates, topped with the chimichurri, and with the shallots and potatoes alongside. Serves 4.
• 10 shallots, peeled and left whole
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1/4 cup Bourbon
• 2 tablespoons red wine
• 1 tablespoon honey
• Sprig of thyme
Preheat the oven to 350° F. In a small bowl, toss the shallots with salt and pepper and olive oil. Place shallots in a small baking dish and add the remaining ingredients, tossing well to evenly distribute. Cover with aluminum foil and cook in the oven until the shallots are tender, about 40 minutes.
Grilled Yukon Gold Potatoes
• 4 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
• 3 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
• Freshly ground black pepper to taste
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
1. Place the peeled potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Add 3 tablespoons salt and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the water and let them cool.
2. Once the potatoes are cool, cut them into 1/2-inch thick slices. Season with salt, pepper and rosemary and gently toss with olive oil. Using the same grill set-up used for the steaks (above), grill potatoes on each side for 5 minutes.
• 2 cups flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
• 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
• 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
• 4 cloves garlic, peeled, finely chopped
• 1 teaspoon red chile flakes
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Whisk together all ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
Note: The following list is a selection of outstanding and very good wines from recently rated releases priced at $50 or less. More Zinfandels and Malbecs can be found in our Wine Ratings Search.