One of the most delicious things that I have found on my visits to Argentina is the chimichurri that is often served with their steaks. As I was playing around with some herbs from my garden and what happened to be in my fridge, I came up with this variation on the Argentinean classic. It is quick, easy, and tasty! Try it out and play with your own variations on it! Log in and post your results below as well.
Ingredients: 1 cup olive oil 3 garlic cloves ½ sweet onion (vidalia) ¼ tsp chili pepper flakes 3-4 mini bell peppers 1/3 cup kalamata olives 3 tbsp chopped parsley leaves 3 tbsp chopped mint leaves 3 tbsp chopped basil leaves 1 tsp dried oregano 2 tbsp red wine vinegar juice from half a lemon ½ tsp black pepper ½ tsp sea salt
Instructions: Peel and press the garlic. Chop the onion very finely and cut the leaves of the herbs into razor thin short strips. Mix this together with the chili pepper and vinegar. Add two thirds of the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Chop the peppers and olives very finely and add to the mix along with the oregano. Stir well and taste it. Does it need more of something? Go ahead and add it according to your taste. Add remaining olive oil until you reach a desired consistency. Enjoy with a steak or fresh bread!
This simple dish is delicious and can be made very quickly. It has a light and fresh flavor and works well for either lunch or dinner. Made with fresh shrimp that are cooked in garlic butter before being tossed with parsley, lime juice and a splash of dry white wine.
Ingredients: 1 lb Raw shrimp Juice from 2 limes 3 Garlic cloves 2 tbsp Parsley (chopped) 2-3 tbsp Butter ½ cup Dry White Wine (Sauvignon Blanc or similar)
Heat the oven to 400° F. Peel and cut the onion in thick slices or wedges. Mix the marinade together and toss the onion in the marinade before placing on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. You can also use a rack to create more space and even cooking for for the onions. Let the onions bake for about 20-25 minutes.
Peel and de-vein the shrimp. Press the garlic cloves and place with the butter in the bottom of a sauce pan. Turn on to medium heat. Use the juice from one lime and toss the shrimp lightly in the lime juice before placing in the sauce pan on top of the melted garlic butter. Let the shrimp cook a couple of minutes until the bottom side turns pink and then turn them over. When that side is turning pink as well, add the parsley, wine and remaining lime juice to the pan and toss it while continuing to heat for another minute. Toss and serve immediately.
Option: Use fresh cilantro instead of parsley for a different flavor.