This easy Chimichurri Recipe is the perfect sauce to add a little zing to your beef, chicken or pork.
Melinda and I are participating in the Monthly Ingredient Challenge, a challenge where once a month one of the talented ladies in the group picks an ingredient and all of the participants create and share a recipe that uses that ingredient. This month Leia from Eat It & Say Yum challenged us to use Cilantro.
Cilantro, some people love it and some people hate it. Did you know that a dislike of cilantro can be genetic? For some people cilantro tastes like soap…bleh! Luckily Melinda and I are on the “love it” side of things. As soon as we heard cilantro we both had the same thought: Chimichurri. If you have never had it chimichurri is a delicious green sauce that you put on your grilled steak to make it even more awesome.
There are so many different chimichurri recipes out there. We gathered the basic ingredients, cilantro, parsley, red wine vinegar, garlic, shallot, Serrano pepper, red pepper flakes, lime juice, and olive oil, and made our own version.
It’s simple to make, just put all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend them together. Keep adding olive oil until you get it to a thick but pourable consistency. We did saute our garlic instead of putting it in raw, just to take a little bit of the harshness out, but it isn’t necessary. Then you cook yourself a nice piece of skirt steak and dip it in the sauce, or just pour it right over the steak.
We love the cilantro with garlic and vinegar, and a little heat from the peppers, yum! Like I said we ate ours with steak but it is also good on chicken, and pork….really any grilled meat and it makes a great marinade!
Don’t forget to go visit all of the other talented ladies participating in the Monthly Ingredient Challenge, and see what they did with cilantro.
- 1 c Cilantro , packed
- 1 c Parsley , packed
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 1/2 Shallot , medium
- 1 Lime , juiced
- 1/2 Serrano pepper , ribs and seeds removed
- 3 tbsp Red wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes
- 2 tsp Salt
- 3/4 c Olive oil
Add all dry ingredients, lime juice, and red wine vinegar to a food processor and puree.
Add Olive oil slowly until you reach a thick but pourable consistency.
So, are you a cilantro lover or hater? Inquiring minds want to know!