I’ve been wanting to try a chimichurri sauce for a while now. I love this traditional Argentinian sauce and marinade for grilled meats, but is used in many Latin American countries. It’s traditionally made with parsley or cilantro, garlic, salt, pepper, onion and paprika with a huge glug of olive oil thrown in for good measure. I decided to try my luck with this sauce since I had a very nice looking grass-fed and organic slab o’ rib eye in the fridge. But I didn’t want to only try it out with meat. Surely, this chimichurri would be great as a salad dressing too! So I improvised with what I had and made a very delicious and maybe not so traditional take on this Argentinian classic.
The sauce itself was really easy to prepare. I just gathered the ingredients together and whizzed them up with my immesion blender. In less than a minute, I had a heavenly scented sauce that tasted like the heat of summer. It’s a really fresh-tasting condiment that tastes as green as it looks (in a very, very good way!)
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch cilantro
4 cloves garlic
1 hot pepper, de-seeded
lemon zest & juice of 1/2 lemon
large pinch of salt
1 – 3 large glugs of olive oil
1 shallot, roughly chopped
water, if needed to thin things out
Whizzz up all ingredients in a blender. Taste and adjust seasonings & measurements if necessary. Done. Makes almost a cup of sauce.
chimichurri chickpea salad
1 can of chickpeas, drained & rinsed
1 carrot, peeled into ribbons
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 spicy red pepper, minced & deseeded
1/4 c chimichurri sauce (recipe above)
Mix up all the ingredients and serve in a pretty dish. Serves 4. Easy.
Okay, now for the main event! If you are a meat-lover, bask in this meaty love, please. If you are not, there’s a reason I stuck this at the end of the post! Avert your eyeballs! The secret to a good steak? Start with a good steak! Really, don’t buy some cheap-ass cut from your supermarket. Splurge and get one really nice steak, grass-fed organic if you can afford it. You really don’t need a steak each…just share one steak. Trust me, with some wine, a nice loaf of bread and a salad, you’ve got a perfect meal and no one will want for more. But back to the chimichurri sauce for one last time…the quick marinade packs a punch. Reserve some of it to serve as a sauce to drizzle over top. You won’t regret it.
chimichurri rib-eye steak
1 T butter
1 rib eye organic grass-fed steak (or other fine cut)
1/4 c chimichurri sauce (recipe above) + extra for serving
Slather sauce over rib eye and let sit for a few minutes. Heat up butter in a cast iron pan. When it’s good and bubbly, add steak. Cook on 1 side for 6 minutes. Flip and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from pan and let rest for 8 minutes (I just made up that amount but it sounds about right). Dig in and serve with remaining chimichurri sauce. Serves 2.