Saturday, 25 January 2014

Chimi-what?? Roast Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce and Zesty Zucchini Salad--Recipes Reviewed

Chimichurri sauce.

It's just fun to say it.

Chimichurri sauce.

Have you tried it yet?  When I first read about it, the blogger insisted it went with EVERYTHING.

I know, I was doubtful, too.  And then I tried it.

And as the zingy fresh robust flavours filled my  Yup.  That green goo will go with everything. You just have to try it.  I tired it slathered over simple baked chicken thighs, but I can see how this sauce will also go with grilled fish, or steak, or even eggs.  I'm amazed that it's not as well known as ketchup.  My spice-hating step-daughter called 'spicy without the heat'.  It just comes to life in your mouth.

So this recipe originally came from here at Zenbelly.  It makes a LOT of sauce, despite my picture.  Enough to cover about 8-10 chicken thighs.

Chimichurri Sauce

1 bunch fresh parsley, stems removed
1/4 c fresh oregano leaves
3/4 c olive oil (or more as needed)
2 gloves garlic
1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes
1 Tbs raw apple cider vinegar

Puree all in blender.  It won't fit in a magic bullet.

You can puree it smooth like Zenbelly did, or leave it a little thick like I did so it resembles pesto.

So...what goes with roasted meats slathered in crazy green sauce??

Well, this does.  With a little substitution, at least

Southern Zucchini Salad

Photo courtesy of  remcooks
4 medium green zucchini, chopped fine
1 yellow pepper, chopped fine
1/2 c onion, chopped
1/3 c olive oil
5-6 pickled jalapeno pepper rings, minced
2 tsp fresh garlic
1 Tbs dried oregano
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/4 c parmesan cheese (optional)
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar

Mix, and let it sit for about half an hour to marinade flavours.

So there you go, something a little different, something that isn't just boring baked chicken and zucchini.

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