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Picanha Roast

Updated: Apr 16

This cut goes by many different names - in the US it's called rump cap or top sirloin cap. In Israel, it's called shpitz chuh. In Brazil and other Latin American countries, it's called Picanha (pronounced "pee-KAHN-ya") and is considered the most popular cut of beef.

Although Picanha isn't considered a premium cut like NY strip steak, rib-eye or tenderloin, the demand for it grows every day as it is bursting with flavor and tender.

The first dish I ever cooked sous vide was Picanha steaks and it was a hell of a start!


Ingredients

  • Top sirloin cap, also known as Picanha

  • Rock salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • Onion powder (optional)

  • Fresh thyme (optional)


Rump cap / top sirloin cap (US) | Picanha (Latin American) | Shpitz chuh (Israel)

Seasoning and scoring

Picanha cut is known for its flavors, so seasoning should remain as simple as possible.

Score the fat layer in a diamond-shaped pattern.

The seasoning will now penetrate the fat layer allowing the fat to cook thoroughly. In addition, it can mark the direction of the grain to help when slicing against the grain after searing.

Season the cut on all sides with salt and pepper.

Score the picanha in a diamond shaped-pattern

Cooking

Put the meat into the vacuum bag and seal it.

Submerge the vacuum bag into the preheated water at 56°C/ 133°F and cook for 8 hours.

Sealing entire seasoned picanha cut

Submerge the vacuum bag into the preheated water at 56°C/ 133°F and cook it for 8 hours

Searing

After 8 hours remove the meat from the bag and pat it dry with a paper towel.

Preheat your skillet over high heat and start searing the meat first on the fat layer until achieving a caramelized and crispy crust.

No need to add oil into the skillet - the fat layer will render out and produce enough additional oil during the searing process.

Turn it over and sear only for 30 seconds to get a thin caramelized layer.


Start searing the meat first on the fat layer until achieving a caramelized and crispy crust




Turn it over and sear only for 30 seconds to get a thin caramelized layer


Final result


Picanha roast cooked perfectly edge to edge


Upgrading the dish with Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a perfect accompaniment to any barbecued or grilled meat with Latin flavors.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar

  • 1 cup finely chopped parsley

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 red chili

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano (fresh preferred)

  • Salt to taste

  • Black ground pepper to taste

  • Zest of a lemon

  • 4 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 finely chopped onion

  • 1/2 bell pepper

In a blender, mix all the ingredients together using the pulse setting to get the desired texture.

Serve with meat, fish and as a salad dressing.




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