Today finds us in Argentina being served an enormous grilled steak doused in chimichurri. The grill is burning, the smell of meat is in the air and this green, herby, garlicky sauce is being poured liberally over my meat and served to me by a handsome gaucho with massive arms and a cute tush. Don’t I wish? Truth is, I don’t eat meat anymore but I can assure you that if I was being served by a handsome gaucho with massive arms and a cute tush, well, I wouldn’t turn him down.
Chimichurri hails from Argentina or Nicarauga. No one knows for sure. And it doesn’t really matter as this sauce can now be found everywhere. It’s a good one and one that can surely find a lot of uses in your kitchen. Typically it is served as a marinade for grilled meat and also as the sauce for that steak, I keep envisioning. But this sauce can do a whole lot more…
1. Drizzle over any meat, fish or chicken. Use as a marinade or sauce.
2. Perfect for baked potatoes or even on hash browns.
3. Dunk huge hunks of sourdough in this and you have a winner.
4. Pizza – yeah this would make a great base. And an extra garnish on top.
5. Cheese – Buratta or fresh mozzarella comes to mind. Drizzle, shmizzle. You get the idea.
6. Watermelon. Enough said.
7. Mix into mayo for a sandwich spread.
8. Drizzle, as is, to give that sub extra flavor.
9. Rice. Pour some on top, please.
10. Eggs. Use this over hard boiled eggs or scrambled and everyone will want more.
11. Pasta. Instead of pesto. Pesto tends to be a bit overused. And not that that’s a bad thing, but it’s time to start a new trend.
12. Quinoa. Kind of in the rice category.
13. Salad Dressing. Mix with sour cream or mayo and you have something fresh.
14. Stir into Cream Cheese for a new dip.
15. As the base for quesadillas, sprinkle with corn and cotija and grill this outside. This is really good. Throw a few mangoes on top, too.
OK. Let me know what you do with this. Or for that matter any of the sauces that have been posted. And what is your favorite sauce? That could be a long list!
I took a few liberties with this sauce and you can too. Use what you have on hand and make your own signature sauce. I served rabbit catcher this with chicken mango sausages grilled over the fire. They are made by Aidell’s, a great brand. Labelled chicken mango habanero, they do have a bit of heat, but in our opinion not much. And the dogs like them, too. No complaints there. I also grill these and serve them with spicy mustard for an easy summer appetizer. Just sayin’.
Give it a go. This dinner comes together exceptionally fast, which is really good when you are hungry. And no it wasn’t steak. And a handsome gaucho didn’t serve it to me. But it was good and hit the spot!
Chimichurri (Makes 2 1/2 cups)
1 c flat leaf parsley, but I used basil
3/4 c cilantro
1/4 c fresh oregano
1 t dried oregano
1/4 c red wine vinegar, but I used sherry vinegar
2 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/3 c red onion, coarsely chopped
6 cloves garlic
1/2 of a jalapeno
Salt and pepper
3/4 c olive oil
Throw all but olive oil into food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Scrape down sides as needed. With motor running, add olive oil in a steady stream. Transfer to a container and refrigerate for about 2 hours. Bring to room temperature before serving. (I only used about 1/2 c of oil because I wanted a thicker sauce.)
Quinoa and Sausage
1 package Aidell’s Chicken Mango Habanero Sausage
Grill Sausage while quinoa is cooking.
1 c quinoa – cooked to package directions (I used chicken broth instead of water and added a garlic clove.)
2 T sliced mixed olives
2 T cilantro
1 T chopped fresh jalapeno
1 T dried currants
3 T minced red onion
After liquid on quinoa has been absorbed add all of the above ingredients. Stir. Top with sliced sausage. Drizzle with chimichurri. Leftovers make a perfect salad the next day!