Wood-Smoked New York Strip Panini with Chimichurri

What is that old saying, you live and learn?  Well hubby and I for sure did that this weekend.  We took a fun adventure up to Lexington, North Carolina for what was called a “Barbeque Festival.”  What we discovered, there were two tents that had what tasted like processed barbeque, and the festival was more like a carnival.  So this barbeque lovin’ family was pretty upset, especially since we were craving good barbeque all week.

More on this delicious sandwich below….but first I had to share with you what made the day brighter, after discovering our tummies would be denied delicious barbeque.

Since I was not in my usual cheerful mood, it is always like my hubby to try to make me smile.  Guess what started helping this dreary mood….buying new props for my blog, YAY!

First, I found gorgeous new wooden salad spoons, they are so beautiful!

AND this lovely soup bowl, the color is so vibrant!

Then Hubby found a fun little antique store.  I was so excited to find some unique toys!

This was my favorite find, an old wooden paddle used to fold  bread dough!

I always loved my mom’s flour sifter, now I have my very own!

AND this cup, look at this sweet little cup!  I am so curious who used this cup.  I first starting thinking, I wonder what they drank or ate in it.  Those little things that make you go hmmmmm…..

NOW what else could make our day turn brighter?  Wood-smoked love of course!  I love when my hubby has a craving, that always means there is delicious barbeque in my future!  My instincts were right, there was delicious happiness in my future, and lots of smiles on my face!

We picked up New York Strip Steaks at the butcher shop, and came home so my hubby could work some magic on our wood smoker.

A warm panini just seemed like the perfect dinner choice, combined with so many different flavor elements.  We sauteed onions and mushrooms, I made a homemade chimichurri, and hubby used mesquite wood to wood smoke the steak.

To assemble, we toasted the bread with some butter, added some chimichurri on one side of the sandwich, added cheese, steak, sauted onions and mushrooms, and more cheese.  Warm the panini in a sauce pan with brick to push sandwich down.  Then enjoy!!!

Homemade Chimichurri
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1 bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
Handful of parsley, finely chopped
4 Tbsp of onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper


Mix all ingredients together well. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.


Well I am happy to report, this happy girl was surely smiling after every bite.  This panini was a perfect way to full fill our barbeque craving.

What is your favorite warm sandwich to make?

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  • Smoked meat is always my favorite and the chimichurri must have been the best compliment! Love your new props, way cool!
  • The Café Sucré Farine
    This sounds fantastic, Terra. I might have to put a smoker on my Christmas list!
  • those props would turn my day brighter as well. I think so I should take the sign and go props shopping one of these days. But on the other hand looking at your chimichurri, I think so that would do too. =P
  • Sanjeeta kk
    What a treasure hunt...such cute and priceless props, Terra!
  • Torture. Deciding not to eat dinner; snug in my bed with pup and then I see this picture. AARGH...now I'm hungry. Could I get one delivered please? Pretty please?
  • What a delicious looking panini, and made with my favorite cut of beef - NY strip. I love shopping for blog props, and I'm most content doing it in a thrift store or a tag sale. Looks like you got some great finds there. I'd say your day went just perfectly. If it weren't for the bad bbq festival you wouldn't have had all this great food and fun!
  • Oh, my, our sandwich looks yummy!! I'm pretty boring when it comes to warm sandwiches...grill cheese with tomatoes and avocado. Clearly I need to experiment more! Love all your fun antique store finds! Happy Halloween :-)
  • Lana @ Never Enough Thyme
    Oooo...mesquite smoked steak with chimichurri. Yum!!
    • It was way too delicious:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • The panini looks mouthwatering! Love your new found props...so cool.
    • Thank you so much!!! Hugs, Terra
  • [email protected]
    Oh man, nothing like showing up to an event and finding everything, but what you anticipated...been there...it sucks, I know. :) But there's a bright side; you got some beautiful props! And I'm sure that delicious sandwich really hit the spot and made you forget about the bbq for a bit. :)
    • I definitely had a great end to the day that made everything brighter:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • So, you smoked the steak instead of grilling? Did you use a high heat to keep it rare, or did you smoke it low and slow? Great ideas, regardless. I'm a steak and cabernet sauvignon kind of guy, but don't be afraid to try merlot, malbec, and even a syrah! Cheers Matt
    • My hubby loves smoking meat now, he is kinda obsessed actually. We wanted the smokey flavor in the steak, for another flavor element in our sandwich. He grilled it the normal way you would on a charcoal grill, but he added a ton of mesquite, because you want to blast it with a lot of smoke, because it is cooking for such a short amount of time. We did not smoke it low and slow, because they don't require very long to cook. Thank you for wine suggestions, I am still learning about pairings! Take care, Terra
  • diabeticFoodie
    A bad BBQ festival in NC? How is that possible?
    • Welllllll....apparently this festival is really about celebrating the idea of barbeque.....riddle that one right? So it doesn't usually have any bbq, but us newbies didn't know this:-( There is a fun actual bbq festival in April in Lexington, and that is the one we are told to attend. Take care, Terra
  • Oh, my...I'm drooling at your panini photos!!! YUM!!! And I want to come shopping with you...such treasures you found!!!
    • You can come shopping with me anytime my friend!!! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Ilke
    Ok, I did not want to say it but you should have come to the Turkish festival! :)) Food was awesome! We need to go antiquing sometime, I love stopping by at the little or big antique stores. So much fun and NC is full of those! Let's make this sauce for my tongue dish :)
    • I read this update to Brian, and we totally agreed with you! We both said it probably was AMAZING:-) The fact that the festival we attended has the name barbeque in it still really upsets me even today. Oh well, we ended up having a lovely end of the day together:-) I would love to go antiquing with you, we found some fun ones on Central Ave on Saturday:-) The chimichurri would be fun in your tongue dish I bet! Thank you my sweet friend, Hugs, Terra
  • kitchenriffs
    Nice recipe for Chimichurri! And I love the props you picked up! You can never have too many props. Too bad the BBQ festival was a bust, but the two of you definitely saved the day!
    • Thank you so much! Where there is a will, there is a way to make the day perfect for sure:-) Take care, Terra
  • Chimichurri - this is adorable my friend, I love it :D I love your shopping photos but your paninis take the cake ;) Cheers Choc Chip Uru http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/
    • Thank you sweet friend! Hugs, Terra
  • justonecookbook
    I love your new props! Salad spoons and the beautiful blue soup bowl... I get excited too when I find some nice things for regular use or just for the photo props! I love your Panini! I make panini at least 1-2 times a week, and this is a great inspiration to our regular boring paninis! Thank you Terra!
    • Thank you so much!!! I am looking forward to using the wonderful soup bowl very soon:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Don't kill me Terra... but I TOTALLY want to make this with some wood smoked tofu! I just adore chimichurri and you made this look so good! And LOVE the salad spoons! Hugs!
    • Honestly, it is all good, I like tofu! My first true experience with tofu, some friends made bbq tofu on the grill....it was DELISH! The sandwich has so many elements, the tofu would blend perfectly with all the flavors:-) Hugs, Terra
  • I love steak..well, I love all beef. but I don't think I've ever tried wood smoked beef of any kind. It looks so good!! I'm definitely cooking up a steak this weekend with your chimichurri, though! xo
    • Wood smoked beef pretty much ROCKS Lisa, the flavor is amazing, and makes any dish perfect! Let me know what you thought of the chimichurri! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • mjskit @ mjskitchen.com
    What great new props and kitchen tools for that matter. I have a sifter just like that and have had it for years, but then I'm probably old enough to be your mom. :) Now for the sandwich - This could become my favorite! I have to admit that I'm not much of a sandwich eater, but if I do eat a sandwich it has to be hot and grilled - just like this one! Love your chimichurri!
  • I love your kitchen tools - they would really make for incredible props too! The panini sounds incredibly delicious and perfectly paired with chimichurri.
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    Love all the food props! I have a collection going, one that's getting too large for the space I have it in. This is one crazy good looking sammie!