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Nov 12, 2004 04:00 PM


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Hi Hounds,

I know this is pretty simply made in the food processor. Can someone tell me the ingredients? Let me emphasize simple and original. I tried to search some recipe websites and came up with some that had jalapenos and oregano. I just want a basic sauce. Nothing fancy.

As I recall it is olive oil, garlic, salt, parsley, ....that's where I get stuck.


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  1. I put together this selection of chimichurri sauce recipes from a websearch I did this summer. I only used the first recipe so far and it was great. I think that the crushed red pepper flakes are more "traditional" than the jalapeno, but then again I may have it backwards.

    Here are three versions of chimichurri, a garlicky sauce from Argentina is great spooned over grilled beef or chicken. It can also be served with sausage, clams, and shrimp. It makes a great marinade for steak. To use with clams: place the clams in a metal pan with enough sauce to just cover the bottom. Set the pans on the grill, cover the grill and steam the clams until they open, about 8 minutes.

    Just puree all ingredients in a processor, transfer to a bowl, and cover in the refrigerator. This can be made up to a day in advance.

    1 1/4 cups white wine vinegar
    1 cup finely chopped parsley
    1/2 cup olive oil
    4 large garlic cloves, minced
    1 jalapeno, minced
    1 tablespoon kosher salt

    1 cup (packed) fresh Italian parsley
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1/3 cup red wine vinegar
    1/4 cup (packed) fresh cilantro
    4 garlic cloves, peeled
    3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 large bunches fresh flat-leafed parsley (about 4 packed cups)
    5 large garlic cloves
    3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
    1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

    Argentine Red Sauce
    4 tablespoons virgin olive oil
    1/2 cup Spanish sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
    1 1/2 tablespoons hot paprika
    2 teaspoons cayenne
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon freshly toasted and ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon cumin, freshly toasted and ground
    1 bay leaf, broken in half
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    Combine all ingredients and mix well.

    1 Reply
    1. re: Ellen

      Thank you, Ellen

      I think I am going to try the first one, with red pepper instead of jalapeno. I saw a commercial for TGIFridays on tv, and although i am not a big fan of that restaurant, the chicken chimichurri has been on my mind since last week!

    2. The Joy of Cooking has a very simple chimichurri recipe - no more than 5 ingredients. This is the recipe I always use.

      1. chimichurri is simple,..Its just garlic CILANTRO (not parsley) Lots of cilantro,..olive oil,and a splash of vinegar,..I like to add a few key limes as well. Chilis uses this exact same sauce with its portobello fajitas,..except the key limes,..Thats my "touch".