Chimichurri is a spicy, vinegar-spiked, pesto-like condiment from Argentina where it’s used both as a sauce and a marinade for meat. Its bright flavours reflect the combination of Spanish and Italian influences in Argentina. It’s one of the world’s great condiments and a great way to add a touch of authentic flair to any grilled meat or fish. You may serve or use as a marinade immediately, but this condiment is at its best after a day or two of refrigeration.
Yield: Makes about 2 cups
a bunch parsley
a bunch cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
4 cloves garlic
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
a sprinkle or two sea salt
Toss the herbs, garlic, jalapeÃ±o pepper and red wine vinegar into a food processor and purée until coarsely chopped. While the food processor is running pour in the olive oil until a creamy yet chunky sauce forms. Add salt to taste.
Try adding an onion or a spoonful of ground cumin seeds for even more flavour.
If you’re a home cook you need a good meat sauce recipe up your sleeve. This is one of mine. Its secret is that I don’t brown the meat. That way it doesn’t toughen and need hours of braising to tenderize again. I also use a food processor to save a lot of knife work. Quick, easy and tasty!
This classic sauce turns anything into instant dessert with its deep caramel flavour. Every time I transform bland white sugar into rich, slightly bitter caramel I get excited. I think it’s magical how much flavour a simple cooking process can add! Your family will too.