October 30, 2013

Chimichurri (Paleo, Autoimmune, Whole30)

This chimichurri recipe goes along with post for Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri. To serve with cauliflower steaks, find the full post here.

Chimichurri (Paleo, Autoimmune, Whole30) with recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Makes approximately 1 cup 

What you need:

1 cup packed flat-leaf parsley (about 1/2 cup finely chopped)
1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro
1 tsp dried oregano (or 1 tbsp fresh)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil  (more if needed)
2 tbsp red or white wine vinegar*
1 tbsp lemon juice (or additional vinegar)
2-4 cloves garlic (I use 4)
1/2 tsp cumin (optional, omit for AIP)
1/2 - 1 tsp salt, to taste
1/8 - 1/4 pepper, to taste (omit for AIP)

How to make:

By hand:  First, wash and dry your herbs. Mince the garlic, sprinkle it with salt, then crush it with the flat side of your knife. Alternatively, you can use a zester/grater (This is the zester/grater I use). You may use less garlic as desired -- I use 3 or 4 cloves. Remove thick stems from herbs and finely chop the leaves of the parsley, cilantro, then oregano. In a non reactive bowl or mason jar, mix together the garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, cumin, and herbs. Pour in the olive oil (add more if need to cover the herbs). Add salt and pepper to preference. I use 1/2 tsp salt and a few grinds of pepper. Adjust flavors and add more oil if desired.

Food processor: Add everything except for oil to food processor and pulse until you reach desired consistency. Transfer to a nonreactive bowl or mason jar and pour oil over mixture. Add more and adjust flavors as desired.

Let stand for about 20 minutes at room temp. If you make ahead, bring to room temp before serving. This can be refrigerated for several weeks. Serve with cauliflower steaks or regular steaks or anything else desired (you can use it as a marinade as well).

To serve with Roasted Cauliflower Steaks, here is the full recipe.

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