Thursday, 28 May 2015

Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce is a South American dressing originating from Argentina. I often make it as a base for a marinade or to form a quick healthy dip but it's best as a dressing to go with grilled meats especially steak.

It's a very robust sauce. There is absolutely nothing subtle about this one at all. Basically the flavours hit you between the eyes and you must only eat it with close friends and family - do not eat it when your on, or even the day before, a hot date - the garlic and onion flavours linger so you may not have the sweetest scent afterwards!

Having said that I hope I haven't put you off trying it - it really is tasty and you could always use less garlic and onion if you want a more subtle flavour.

Recipe - makes enough for 4 servings

a good bunch flat leaf parsley
handful fresh oregano
1 chilli - green or red
small handful cherry tomatoes - about 5
2 fat cloves garlic
4 or 5 spring onions (or 2 shallots)
1 fat lime
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
olive oil
salt & pepper

Gather together all your ingredient. This is a quick blitz sauce so all you need to do is peel your shallots/spring onions, peel the garlic and juice your lime. Roughly chop the onions & parsley just so it will all fit into your food processor.

Now pop all your ingredients into the mixer along with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and give it all a whizz until the leaves and the onions have finely chopped.

You should now have a fairly thick sauce, add a little more olive oil if you want to thin it further. Add some salt & pepper - I find that this sauce needs quite a bit of salt so try it a few times and adjust your seasoning according to your taste.

Pour your sauce into a serving dish and it's ready to go. I like to offer the sauce in a dish for everyone to help themselves so they can have a little or as much as they want......

As I said this goes really well with a grilled steak......

But it's just as good served with any girdled meats especially game such as quail or venison - it goes well with the strong flavours of that type of meat.

The left over sauce I had as a dip the next day with spicy nacho chips - yummy!...........

Have a good - no a great! - day
Love Lizx