Chimichurri is an uncooked, herb-based condiment, mainly used on meats, that originated in Argentina. It is primarily used tableside, and is shared. It is used to dress the meat, not smother it; the combination of herbs and vinegar cut through fatty flavors of meat, bringing bright balance to an otherwise heavy dish.
Hungry Gene's salt-free Chimichurri Seasoning starts low and ends on a high note. It is, initially, warm with a comfortable base of paprika and aji amarillo powder, supporting the deep umber nuance of black pepper. Then the nutty power of roasted garlic takes a turn, lending its savory aroma to this blend before the herbs start to assert themselves. Grassy and peppery parsley leads the way, followed by the gentle mint verdancy of basil and the congenial bitterness of oregano. Lemon jumps out, in the thyme and from the zest, for an entertaining finish.
Use Hungry Gene's salt-free Chimichurri Seasoning wherever you want a fresh burst of flavor. Make Chimichurri Sauce and drizzle it over steak, ribs, or grilled sausage. It is also wonderful drizzled over grilled tofu. Toss boiled potatoes in butter and Chimichurri Seasoning. Toss over toasted flatbreads. Stir into rice and beans. Make a dipping sauce for empanadas. It would be a wonderful addition to minestrone or tortellini soup. hungry Gene recommends adding it toward the end of cooking time.
To make a sauce, Hungry Gene recommends rehydrating 2 tbs Chimichurri Seasoning in 1/2 cup of water in a mixing bowl. Drain excess water after the seasoning is rehydrated (just a few minutes). Add 2 cups of fresh finely chopped parsley, 1 cup of red wine vinegar, 1 tbs garlic, and 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil. For a little heat you can add a tsp crushed red pepper flakes. Whisk all of the ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Yield: 16 servings.
This blend is salt-free for those who are concerned about salt in-take. For those that want more salt, try adding Hungry Gene's Himalayan Pink Mineral Salt to taste.
Because this blend is salt free, you can use it a little more sparingly (than you would a blend with added salt) without sacrificing the flavor. Enjoy!
- 1.5 oz
Paprika, black pepper, parsely, garlic, basil, lemon, oregabo, thyme, and chili powder.