Chimichurri is a flavorful sauce and condiment that originated in Argentina and is also popular in other South American countries, particularly in Uruguay. It is typically used as a topping or marinade for grilled meats, such as steak, chicken, and sausages, but it can also be used on roasted vegetables, seafood, and as a dipping sauce for bread.
Chimichurri is made from a combination of fresh ingredients, and its primary components typically include:
- Fresh parsley: Both flat-leaf (Italian) and curly parsley can be used.
- Fresh cilantro (coriander): This adds a distinct, bright flavor.
- Garlic: Crushed or minced garlic cloves for a pungent kick.
- Red or white wine vinegar: Provides acidity and tanginess.
- Olive oil: A good-quality olive oil is used as the base for the sauce.
- Red pepper flakes or fresh chili peppers: Adds heat and spiciness, which can be adjusted to taste.
- Salt and black pepper: Seasonings to enhance the flavor.
To make chimichurri, the ingredients are typically chopped, minced, or blended together, and the sauce is allowed to sit for a while to allow the flavors to meld and develop. The exact proportions of these ingredients can vary, and there are many regional and personal variations of chimichurri. Some versions also include additional ingredients like oregano, lemon juice, or even paprika.
Chimichurri is known for its vibrant green color and bold, fresh flavors. It can be used as a marinade for meats before grilling, as a condiment served alongside grilled dishes, or as a drizzling sauce for a variety of dishes. It adds a zesty and herbaceous punch to your meal, making it a popular accompaniment in South American cuisine, particularly in Argentina and Uruguay.
- 60 gr parsley leaves without sprigs
- 60 gr coriander leaves without sprigs
- 30 gr mint leaves without sprigs
- 6 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
- tsp coarse salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- 250 ml olive oil extra virgin
- 75 ml vinegar
- 75 ml cold water
- Place the parsley, coriander, mint and garlic in a food processor and chop finely.
- Add salt, black pepper and chilli flakes and mix with the green herbs.
- Add oil, vinegar and water and mix everything into a thick sauce.
- Taste and add salt and vinegar if necessary; the chimichurri should be well seasoned.