I want to share a short and savory recipe with you today, hailing from Argentina: Chimichurri Sauce. Since my husband is from Argentina, he obviously loves his Argentine cuisine. I think it’s funny when people think he eats tacos or spicy food. Just FYI, Mexico is a good 3,100+ miles from Argentina (as the crow flies).
Argentine cuisine is extremely diverse. My husband grew up eating food that we think of as Italian. It makes sense, because there were a lot of immigrants from Italy that ended up in Argentina in the 19th century.
Chimichurri is oh, so simple, but such a flavorful, poignant sauce. The only ingredients you really need for Chimichurri Sauce to come out just like my mother-in-law’s is some olive oil, vinegar, kosher salt, pepper, parsley, and garlic. There are a million different recipes floating around the internet for this sauce, but they are all too complex for us. We like our traditional Chimichurri sauce!
- 1 bunch Italian parsley chopped finely, about 1/2 cup
- 1 head garlic minced, about 1/2 cup
- 1/4 cup olive oil + 2 Tbsp.
- 3 Tbsp vinegar any type
- 3/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes optional
Put the parsley and garlic in a small glass bowl.
Add the olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, and mix until well blended.
Serve over any grilled meat you'd like. It's especially tasty on grilled steak and chicken.
Makes over 1 cup of Chimichurri Sauce.
You can store chimichurri sauce in the fridge in a glass container for at least a week. If you won't be able to use it in that amount of time, freeze it in ice cube trays and use as needed.
If you are wondering how to use Chimichurri, here are my suggestions:
- Use it as a dip for some fresh baguettes
- Spoon it over a beautifully grilled steak
- Use it to marinate some chicken drumsticks for at least 2 hours before cooking (we marinated our Thanksgiving turkey last year!)
- Put it on your sausage sandwich (choripán)
Cost to Make Chimichurri Sauce
Parsley – $0.88
Garlic – $0.48
Salt – $0.01
Pepper – $0.01
Vinegar – $0.01
Olive oil – $0.10
Red pepper flakes – $0.01
Total cost – $1.50
Have you ever tried Chimichurri Sauce?