Enjoy the crisp crunch of a well-layered crostini. Cilantro pesto, cotija cheese and grilled beef shoulder create a diverse flavor combination that’s perfect for an afternoon treat.
2 Chairman’s Reserve® beef shoulder center (ranch cut) steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 8 ounces each)
24 slices baguette bread, cut diagonally
1/2 inch thick
1/4 cup grated Cotija cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Smoky Cilantro Pesto
3 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
2 small chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Cotija cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1. Prepare Smoky Cilantro Pesto. Place cilantro, pine nuts, chipotle peppers, garlic, lime juice and black pepper in food processor container. Cover; process until finely chopped. Add cheese; pulse on and off until just combined. With motor running, slowly add oil through opening in cover, processing until smooth.
2. Spread 1/4 cup pesto evenly onto beef steaks. Place steaks in glass dish. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining pesto.
3. Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Arrange 12 bread slices around steaks. Grill steaks, covered, 11 to 14 minutes for medium-rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill bread slices 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly toasted, turning once. Remove bread slices from grill. Repeat with remaining 12 bread slices.
4. Spread 2 teaspoons remaining pesto on each toasted bread slice. Carve steaks into thin slices. Place beef slices evenly over bread slices. Top evenly with 1/4 cup cheese and chopped cilantro. Serve immediately.
Recipe and Photo courtesy of The Beef Checkoff