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Friday, August 6, 2010

The Real Chimichurri

Chimichurri...heard of it before?  If not, you are missing out, for sure!  Chimchurri is an Argentinean sauce or condiment, similar to pesto, that is popular throughout South America.  We, as American's, have created more elaborate versions of it using herbs like mint and cilantro.  But this basic chimichurri is Argentina's national "steak sauce".  This, as Steven Raichlen explains, is the Real McCoy!  And boy howdy is it!  We LOVED this sauce.  I have had chimichurri before, but not like this.  This was wonderful.  It was tart, it was spicy, it was full of was a true explosion of flavor right there in your mouth!  YUM!!  I believe you could put this sauce on anything...we had it over fish, but it would be wonderful on chicken, on steak, on eggs (that's right, I said eggs), even on pasta.  Oh the things you could do with this....I'm even thinking of doing a pita pizza with chimichurri as the base sauce...but that will be for another post :)

The Real Chimichurri
Recipe created by Steven Raichlen, Planet Barbecue!
Printable Recipe 
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon dried Oregano
1-2 teaspoons hot red pepper flakes
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
A few drops of lemon juice
4 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

Place the garlic, salt, and black pepper in a mixing bowl and mash into a paste with a fork or a wooden spoon.  Add the oregano, hot pepper flakes, vinegar, and lemon juice and whisk to mix.  Whisk in the olive oil in a thin stream, followed by the parsley.  Taste for seasoning, adding salt and/or vinegar as necessary.  You can serve the chimichurri right away, but if you let is stand for an hour or so, the flavors will be better blended and richer.  Enjoy!

Please note:  I did not get my garlic mashed up like the recipe calls for... I was...well, I was a bit impatient, but hey, it was still out of this world fantastic, so no worries if you don't get it into a paste are still gonna be blown away!!  


Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Ohhhh I LOOOOOOOVE chimichurri. I love love love love love it. I'm always looking for a good recipe. I'll have to try this.

Hey, do you have a button? I want to put it on my Ma's Pals page.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

I'm so excited for this Jenn!! I've never seen a chimichurri recipe with OUT cilantro!! Knowing Chris hate cilantro almost as much as I do - I was hopeful, and you didn't disappoint :) I'll be making this soon, I have fresh parsley from the garden to use up anyway :) Hooray and thanks!

Yenta Mary said...

That looks SO amazing, I might even consider drinking it just to immerse myself in all those fabulous flavors!!!

Angie's Recipes said...

That sounds awesome! the word too. :-))

Mary said...

This looks wonderful. I was surprised that it used so little parsley. I wager this was delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

StephenC said...

What, no mortar and pestle to mash your garlic? This looks like a keeper.

Betty Ray said...

Mmmmmm, I've done a skirt steak marinated in chimi before. So delicious! I'll have to try your recipe soon.

Julie said...

Chimichurri is just the best...I love the big garlic chunks in there :)

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Oh my goodness - I am with you on the eggs idea! That sounds incredible! Thanks for sharing the 'real' deal;)