Thursday, October 16, 2008

Don't Cry for Me Chimichurri.

This week's My Kitchen My World takes us to South America and Argentina. 

Pre-Challenge Summation of Lauren's Argentina Knowledge
Evita is from there(she's cool, +5)
they have gauchos (spawned a questionable fashion statement, -1)
love beef (no need to comment +5)
they have crippling inflation (may potentially happen here soon -3 )
that's where a bunch of nazi's went to escape prosecution (boo to nazis - 6)
In Short, Argentina was pretty neutral in my book before I began researching for this challenge.

Lauren's Post-Challenge Argentina Knowledge
CHIMICHURRI!!!! IS!!!! DELICIOUS!!!!! +100!!!!

Argentina comes out on top!!!!!

Argentinians love their beef, and they love it grilled. I had no problem celebrating that with my dinner this week.  I created a simple and tradional sauce (aforementioned amazing Chimichurri) from garlic, parsley and vinegar that is used widely in Argentina as a marinade and grill sauce.  It is so tasty and delicious, it's popularity has swept through South America and it is widely used throughout the continent. 
Add a basic potato dish (we went of mashed) and a simple salad (tomato and onion or lettuce and tomato is traditional ) and we were set for a simple, mad tasty dinner. 

from Food and Wine

. 1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley
. 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
. 4 large garlic cloves, minced (2 1/2 tablespoons)
. 2 tablespoons oregano leaves
. 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

In a food processor, combine the parsley, vinegar, garlic, oregano and crushed red pepper. Process until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and pour the olive oil over the mixture. Let stand for at least 20 minutes.

• The chimichurri can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.


Mom said...


You know Joe LOVES steak so I will try this one night.


Lauren said...

Hi Lauren,

Nice meeting you tonight . . . looking forward to reading your blog.

Natashya said...

Looks delish! I have to try this sauce some day.
We were on the same wavelength with our titles this week!

We Are Never Full said...

how delish is chimichurri!? this looks great! i love when people try new (and traditional) dishes from other parts of the world. it's what brings us all together!

Michelle Dargen said...

That looks SO good! Thanks for being our new hostess!

Elra said...

I love chimichurri sauce, I put them on anything from fish, lamb, beef to tofu. It's delicious and so versatile. My favorite off course grill steak with chimichuri sauce! Yours look absolutely superb lauren!