Saturday, January 15, 2011

Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce


My husband and I have been making Chimichurri Sauce for years now...

I discovered this last night while developing an Argentinian themed dinner party for our friends.

I began researching the accompaniment we love to serve atop my husband's charcoal grilled skirt steak and while doing so learned, "an authentic chimichurri" simply consists of parsley, garlic, olive oil and lemon (red pepper flakes are also permitted).

No cilantro. No vinegar. No tiny pinch of sugar. (All ingredients I've been guilty of adding in the past. Shhhh.)


This Chimichurri Sauce recipe I found on-line (based on user reviews) claimed to be, "...about as authentic as it gets."

After you make it once ...I think you'll know why.

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Chimichurri Sauce
Bon App├ętit, November 1997

3/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley (from about 1 large bunch)
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
2 1/2 teaspoons dried crushed red pepper


Place chopped parsley in small metal bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and crushed red pepper. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. (Can be made 1 day ahead.) Bring to room temperature before using.

*I doubled the recipe and pureed in a food processor (maybe that ruined the "authenticity" but I was making the chimichurri sauce for a group and desired a pureed consistency.

WARNING: Loaves of bread everywhere should be afraid of this sauce...v.e.r.y. a.f.r.a.i.d.)


Katerina said...

That's ok. It's better late than never. I think you did an excellent job with this chimichurri. I am adding it to my list.

Joanne said...

I have to be honest, the last time I made chimichurri, I infused it with some cilantro because I wasn't the biggest parsley lover at the time. But now, parsley and I are BFF so I'm going to have to try this!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

I've always avoided chimichuri sauce because the few i've had had cilantro in them. And well, I can't stand cilantro! So this, cilantro free version, really intrigues me. Must make soon!! Sound so simple and delicious :)

art is in the kitchen said...

Fancy name for a simple green sauce! I use this for marinating meat as well. Trust the Argentinians to come up with Chimichurri! Makes the the green sauce sound exotic I have to admit. It's delicious! Cheers!

Cindy Ellison said...

This recipe I will be saving! A few months ago I bought a jar of Chimichurri at Central Mkt; it does not pass the authentic test . It contained cilantro and vinegar AND ground pepper, garlic, curry, parsley, ming, oregano, sea salt, rosemary, corn oil, lemon juice.

I appreciate your research, your recipe sounds perfect! Thank you ♥

Marc van der Wouw said...

Gonna try this for chimichurri...thanks for sharing..;-)

The Food Hound said...

I just read a recipe for a gremolata sauce, which is identical! I HAVE to make this-- it sounds heavenly!! The steak would be lucky if it got any by the time my loaf of bread had its way!!

The Food Hound said...

PS- surprised there is no salt?? Did you add any?? I feel like it would marry all the flavors even more.s

Unknown said...

I LOVE chimichurri...and I too just realized recently that I had not been making it correctly... at least not authentically!
Yours looks incredibly good..I could spoon it right into my mouth!!

Unknown said...

Thanks all for your comments! It's seriously fresh and delicious!

There is no salt and pepper listed in the ingredients but when you get to the "preparation" part it mentions to salt and pepper to taste.

I did S&P this, keeping in mind that we were salt and peppering the meat too, so I didn't over do it! :)

Magic of Spice said...

This is a lovely sauce, very clean and fresh...I bet it disappears quickly :)

Mary Bergfeld said...

I love the purity of this. I want to try this recipe soon. Thanks for finding it for us. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Simply Life said...

ha, I love your warning - I am dangerous with bread and a good sauce!

chow and chatter said...

wow yours and the original both rock to me

Farida said...

Wow, that sauce look so fresh.


clembo said...

Thanks for posting this! I, too, dislike cilantro and was looking for a parsley-only sauce.