Grilled Skirt Steak with Smoked Pistachio Chipotle Salsa By: Chef Ben Berryhill


3 pounds Skirt Steak, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 6 serving pieces
1/4 pound Butter, melted
2 tablespoons BBQ spice or rub
Salt and Pepper, to taste

For the Skirt Steak Marinade:
1 Mango
1 Small red onion
3 Garlic Cloves
1 Red Jalapeno, remove stem
1 Green Jalapeno, remove stem
2 Tomato, remove stem and seeds
1 Rosemary Sprig, remove stem
1 1/2 cup Grape Seed or Vegetable oil

For the Smoky Pistachio Chipotle Salsa:

1/2 cup Canned Chipotle Chiles in Adobo, remove seeds and mince
8 Ripe Roma Tomatoes, remove stems and seeds
6 Garlic Cloves, peeled
4 tablespoons Cilantro, minced
1 quart Water
2 tablespoons Salt
1/2 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/2 cup Roasted Pistachios, crushed to slightly break


Generously brush the meat all over with marinade (see recipe below) and roll each piece up in a cylinder. Arrange the rolled steaks in a shallow pan and pour on the remaining marinade. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator 24 hours.
About 30 minutes before cooking, remove the meat from the refrigerator. Heat the grill or broiler to very hot. Brush steaks with melted butter and season with BBQ spice, salt and pepper. Cook steaks just until seared on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium rare. Transfer to a cutting board and allow to rest for about one minute. Slice across the grain into diagonal strips. Serve hot with warm flour tortillas and Smoked Pistachio Salsa (see recipe below).

For the Smoked Pistachio Salsa:

Combine all of the ingredients except the pistachios in a medium sauce-pan. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, about 20 minutes. The liquid should be reduced by one-third and the tomato skins falling off. Set aside to cool. Pour mixture into a blender. Puree until smooth. Add pistachios. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!