Chimichurri

2013-05-10

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (packed) fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (packed) fresh cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Method

Step 1

Finely chop the parsley, fresh oregano, and garlic (or process in a food processor several pulses). Place in a small bowl.

Step 2

Stir in the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Adjust seasonings.

Step 3

Serve immediately or refrigerate. If chilled, return to room temperature before serving. Can keep for a day or two.

Additional Information

Have you ever made a chimichurri sauce? It’s an Argentinean sauce or condiment, similar to pesto, that is popular throughout South America. This basic version uses fresh parsley, oregano, garlic, oil and vinegar and a little bit of chili pepper, though the variations on this theme are endless. What I love about it is that it makes use of the parsley that is growing like crazy in our garden, and everything else we are either growing or have in our pantry. In Argentina it is used both as a marinade and a sauce for grilled steak, but you can use it also with fish, chicken, or even pasta. Check out the links at the bottom of the recipe for some different takes on chimichurri from fellow food bloggers. If you have a favorite dish with which you use chimichurri sauce, please let us know about it in the comments.

(source: Jennifer St. James, Alégria Subscriber)

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