Chimichurri

I’ve never been a huge fan of Chimichurri; it’s bold, brash taste has always been a bit off-putting to me. But when I was thinking about something to go with my Coffee Rubbed Steak the other day, my mind immediately seized upon Chimichurri.

Coffee & Coriander Rubbed New York Strip Steak

I knew that my Coffee Rubbed Steak, with it’s bold flavoring, would be fantastic with a little Chimichurri. And so began search for a recipe I thought I’d like. And that’s when I came across a fantastic article from Asado Argentina debunking all the common myths and misconceptions about Chimichurri.

In particular, the article talked a bit about how Chimichurri is often made in larger batches and then sits until it’s used up – This was with a relief to me, you see, because I like Chimi much better after a few hours and even more after a few days. The flavors blend and mellow.

Chimichurri
Chimichurri

A recipe was provided and I adapted it a bit to come up with what I think is the perfect Chimichurri. How about you? Do you have your own perfect combo of flavorings? Do you prefer your Chimi bright, green and grassy or “aged” a bit? And do you go with the traditional or do you go wild with ingredients?

(By the way, I wasn’t in charge of the grilling or this steak would have been considerably more charry on the outside and a lot rarer in the center!) Really think about growing a few herbs either in your garden or in a pot – generally a plant isn’t much more than a bunch at the grocery store, and even if you don’t have a green thumb and kill it off, you can still dry it and put it in a jar.

Chimichurri
Chimichurri

Chimichurri

  • Servings: varies
  • Time: 10 min plus marinade time
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro (use more parsley if you don’t like cilantro)
  • 1/2 small onion, very finely diced
  • 3-4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh oregano or 1/4 teaspoon dry
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • teaspoon kosher salt (or about 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt)
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Combine all ingredients except vinegar, oil and water in a medium bowl, toss well and let stand for 30 minutes.

Add vinegar and water and mix well. Allow to stand for 30 minutes.

Using a fork, whisk in oil. Make sure all ingredients are covered by about an inch and if not, add water, vinegar and oil in proportion.

Cover and chill for at least 3 hours or overnight. For best results, allow to sit for at least 2 to 3 days. Bring to room temperature for about an hour before serving.

from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

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36 thoughts on “Chimichurri”

  1. I’ve never made a Chimi, and just had my first taste of one not long ago, and I was in love with it. I need to start experimenting with some recipes and learn more about our likes and dislikes of them. I will have to start with yours, and I think I will make it a day ahead of time 🙂

    1. Well thanks, Kris! I think you can put all kinds of things in a Chimichurri so start with a basic (but delicious) one like this and then start experimenting – that’s a great way to go!

  2. I’ve never been a huge fan of chimichurri either, but now I am wondering if I’d like it better aged a bit. I have a crop of parsley coming up, I’ll have to give it a go. I may try it with my carrot greens too, I made a pesto last year but think a chimichurri would be fun too!

    1. Carlee carrot greens sound like they’d be fantastic! I guess any kind – radish or beet would be fantastic. I did make pesto with parsley and beet greens once – it’s nice to find a use for them because they’re so beat up looking on their own and there’s never enough to steam for a side. 🙂

  3. When I lived in Kansas, my next door neighbor was from Argentina. He always made a big batch of chimichurri and let it sit and use it as needed for days. He had quite a few strict rules about it though, like not using food processor, no citrus juice, etc. Good grief!! I do have his recipe posted on the old blog, though. Yours is very close to it.

    1. I remember seeing that post – I might have to try it – my baby arugula is starting to to come up. Cross your fingers I don’t kill it. We’ve been in the 90’s and I’ve had to drag the hose around to water all our new babies.

  4. I have never made chimichurri before, and really don’t know why not as we grill steaks a lot in the summer. I let my hubby do the grilling as he has perfected the perfect steak, just like the one you would have liked. Charry on the outside and rare-ish in the middle. I’ll have to give this sauce a whirl sometime this summer. 🙂

      1. I don’t see why not – is it white wine vinegar or just plain old white vinegar? I’d use a bit less vinegar if it’s the plain old vinegar coz I think it’s a bit stronger…

              1. My staunch “no sauce on steaks” hubby LOVED the chimichurri sauce. He begrudingly put some on the side and dipped a piece in it, then said “wow this is great!” and then slathered his steak in it! Woo hoo, winner thank you! I’m going to use this on a lot of things now. Wow, it is really, really good!

  5. I like it better after it’s sat a while. And even if I make just a regular recipe amount, it has to cause there’s just me eating it. At least a week.

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