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Gaucho Sandwich: Skirt Steak & Burnt Bread

Francis Mallmann

Lesson time 10 min

Francis and his brother Carlos go on a nature walk to a beautiful waterfall. There, they decide to make an impromptu barbecue lunch with whatever Francis finds in his pockets. He quickly whips up one of his favorite no-fuss Gaucho-inspired camping meals: Skirt steak and burnt bread sandwich.

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– We lived in a house that everything was with fires. So when we were children, we were sort of part of that. It’s much better than being in an office. That our grandmother was really good in transforming leftovers, remember? – I agree with that. – She never threw anything and all the leftovers, she did another meal. You couldn’t find out what she had used because it looked like a new meal, but they were all leftovers. – Yeah. – After lunch, DaDa, our grandmother would sit by the fire with a book right in front of the chimney reading. – Yeah. – And she fell asleep with a book on her hands. – Yeah. – And the book would just fall on her and she would sleep a siete right by the fire there. – I remember that. You remember the, the lady who cooked, she was quite good. – Yes. – She was the Spanish cook that I remember her tortilla. – Yes you do. – Yeah, they were unbelievable. And I always remember them and I always tried to make something similar and I never could until I saw you cooking the tortilla here. – And I remember our grandfather Papapa, that he came with a gun. – He killed the snake – The snake, yeah, With a gun. He was quite crazy. – Yeah. – Papapa, No? – Yeah. But he always had the gun in his table – Gun and chocolate – Gun and chocolate. And he went to, to, I think he went to the casino, too. – He went to the casino because he loved to go to Monte Carlo and he would get to Paris and rent a convertible car. – Yeah. – and put his neck tie and drive all the way to Monte Carlo. – Yeah, our grandfather was quite a character. He had a big house by the river, and he had a very mysterious room. You remember? – Yeah. – If you went into his wardrobe which was like, you know, on the wall, there was a little door, and you opened the door and you went up a little stairway to a bedroom. – Stairs that made a turn on its way. – Yeah. – But it was like a tunnel, very, very dark. And you got to another small bedroom – And I think it was for his lovers. – For his lovers, yes, for sure. – Other times. – Other times, yeah. So for lunchtime, I brought something to make a tribute to our father, The Adagietto of Mahler Fifth Symphony. – Oh yeah. – He loved that, no? – I remember that’s a nice memory of our father and going into his office with Marlet and he could stay there hours and hours. – Yeah. – This seems to be quite ready, Don. – Yeah. Very good Francis, very juicy. And I love the burnt bread like this. – Yeah, the bread, wonderful.

About the Instructor

Francis Mallmann, the pioneer of open-fire cooking, is South America’s most famous chef and is known for his rustic open-fire cooking style in wild and remote locations. Join the James Beard award-winning author and Chef’s Table star as he brings you on a journey into his kitchen in the Patagonian wild where he teaches you how to master the grill and his Argentine-style barbecue.

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