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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 2 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
Today, of course, I’ll be linking to our very own Throwback Thursday Link Party, hosted by Quinn of Dad What’s for Dinner, Meaghan of 4 Sons are Us, Alli of Tornadough, Carlee from Cooking with Carlee and Moi! That’s right – me!
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