I had a plethora of fresh parsley and cilantro from my CSE crop-share, and was thinking that a chimmichuri steak sauce (an Argentinean steak sauce made from parsley, olive oil and garlic) was a great way to use my supply. I planned on making skirt steak with chimichurri but my local market was out of that cut so I picked up some ground beef instead and made Chimmichuri burgers by adding some of the sauce to the beef before making them into patties. The result was a super moist and flavorful burger that we all enjoyed. I served sauteed swiss chard on the side, and a salad tossed with some of the leftover chimmichuri. We snacked on aged manchego, fig paste and crackers while the burgers cooked, and finished with salted caramel ice cream (reminiscent of dulce de leche). It was a wonderful, vegetable-heavy summer meal. To make these burgers into cheese burgers, slice some manchego and melt it ontop. (more…)
Smoky Roasted Red Pepper & White Bean Dip June 18, 2011
This dip is a smoky, creamy and filling – a delicious alternative to hummus! You’d never guess that it’s super healthy too. I usually have all the ingredients for this dip on hand, which makes it great for last minute entertaining. It’s a real crowd-pleaser too. Serve it with toasted pita, breadsticks or tortilla chips.
I like to serve this dip as part of an Argentinean Grill or Tapas theme menu. It would also be a great appetizer for a backyard BBQ.
The dip can be made up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated in an air-tight container (bring the dip to room temp before serving and wait to garnish with the cilantro until then).
This recipe is a variation on Bobby Flay’s awesome dip from Mesa Grill.
Smoky Roasted Red Pepper & White Bean Dip
2 (9oz) cans white beans, rinsed and drained
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 large roasted red bell peppers, peeled & seeded, or 1 (8oz) jar roasted red peppers
3 Tbs. red wine vinegar
½ – 1 Tbs. canned chipotles in adobo (use mixture of peppers and adobo sauce)
1 Tbs. honey or agave nectar
salt & fresh ground black pepper, to taste
¼ C. cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
Combine all ingredients (other than cilantro) in a food processor and process until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving.
Rosé Sangria June 6, 2011
Sangria is the perfect party drink since it can be made in big batches and is best when mixed in advance. Traditionally, sangria is made with red wine. During the summer, serve rosé sangria instead: It’s light enough for warmer weather and still goes well with grilled meat. Here is a basic recipe for rosé sangria, which can easily be doubled or tripled depending on the size of your party.
Rosé Sangria (serves 4)
1 bottle dry rosé wine, preferably Spanish or French
1 cup orange juice
½ cup brandy
½ cup triple sec
¼ cup simple syrup or agave nectar
3 cups sliced assorted fresh fruit (oranges, lemons, limes, apples, blackberries and/or watermelon)
Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher. Add additional sweetener (simple syrup or agave) to taste. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or up to 24 hours. Serve straight up or over ice.