Are you tired of using the same old spice combinations? Try chimichurri!
It originates from South America and has a fantastic flair of flavor that can can be used as a versatile, all-purpose spice in your kitchen and on the grill. It's a winner!
What is chimichurri?
Traditionally, chimichurri is an uncooked, flavorful sauce for grilled meat. It comes in a green version (chimichurri verde) and a red version (chimichurri rojo) and comes from Argentinian and Uruguayan cuisine. And, while I've never been there to verify it, it's said that a bowl of chimichurri can be found on nearly every dinner table in Brazil, too.
The name of the sauce probably comes from the Basque word "tximitxurri", approximately chee-mee-choo-ree. It's loosely translated as "a mixture of several things in no particular order". Many European Basque peoples settled in Argentina in the 19th century. (source)
Chimichurri is often made from finely chopped fresh parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and white or red wine vinegar. Additional flavorings such as paprika, cumin, thyme, lemon, basil, cilantro, and bay leaf may be included. In its red version, tomato and red bell pepper may also be added.
When you taste chimichurri, each bite is rich in flavor. Sometimes it's tangy, or spicy, or garlicky. YUM!
It's definitely an all-purpose seasoning. Chimichurri can be used to marinate meat or as a finishing sauce on grilled meat. (For food safety reasons, do not re-use any marinades.) In addition to steak, it also pairs nicely with pork, lamb, and chicken. It's also wonderful on top of grilled vegetables. See... it's very versatile!!
There are also two different ways to prepare Chimichurri:
Your first choice should be to always to use fresh ingredients, especially herbs, which are loaded with antioxidants. However, it's always nice to have some dry chimichurri mix on hand in the kitchen. So, I recommend simply making your own at home!
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More Chimichurri Uses:
- drizzle or sprinkle it on top of pizza
- mix it in with rice or on top of potatoes
- add it to a breakfast frittata
- brush it on kebabs
- sprinkle it on salads
- drizzle it on grilled vegetables
- use it in Oven Roasted Vegetables
- season soups and stews
Jenny Yelle, MHNE Holistic Wellness Educator
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