Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Seems like we've been on a bit of a "sauce" kick lately.
Sauces are good, they are a super simple way of dressing up a plain dish
and pushing it to that next level.

Here is a quick and easy sauce that can also double as a marinade.  If you're not familiar with Chimichurri sauce, it's a staple in Argentinean cooking.  Argentina?  But you want to live on a farm in the country?  I know, but it's so universal, it adds a nice flavor to steak and chicken.

We first got hooked on this sauce because it is served at several restaurants here in Houston.
Of course 2nd Man had to get online and find some recipes on how to make it and over time, this is the one is one he's tweaked (and made slightly Texan) and uses now for our meals.

Chimichurri Sauce

1 cup Italian flat leaf parsley
2 tablespoons oregano leaves
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1 tsp crushed red pepper
(more or less depending on level of heat you prefer)
2 garlic cloves
1 small shallot
1/4 tsp of paprika
1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar
1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste

Simply pour all ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
Serve at room temperature.

Makes about 1 cup

Pour over grilled or cooked beef or chicken and use like you would any other condiment.
Or as I said, you can make it, use it to marinate the meat and then grill it.

Simple and delicious!


Kelly said...

HA! I was just looking for something to do with chicken breast tonight. This is very healthy and combines some of my favorite spices. I see a quick run to the grocery store on the agenda for today.

1st Man said...

Let me know what you think. It's definitely unusual but we like it! It's a great way to use fresh herbs too....

Kelly said...

Haven't been able to make it yet. Living out here in the country, I can't find all the ingredients!!!!

1st Man said...

Aww dang it! Well, I understand though, I suppose if we weren't so close to Houston, and were out there at the farm, we might not find some of the items either! (though I hope to grow several of those, ha). Keep us "posted", no pun intended.