Though it is hard for people to understand, I am not a steak lover. Never was and not sure I will ever be. I watch people eat steak and go goo goo-ga ga over it and I just cannot understand. Some times the goo-goo ga ga-ness will be so extreme that I will feel the need to taste it again. But I am always left with the same feeling of - eh, nothing special. However, 5 years ago I was at a wedding where they served some form of steak. I wan't too impressed and wasn't really going to eat it until they brought out a shimmering, bright green sauce to go with it. One taste of the sauce and I was licking my plate clean. That sauce, it turns out, was chimichurri but not the typical chimichurri which is usually parsley and/or cilantro blended with some olive oil and garlic. This one was enhanced by little chunks of tomatoes and onion and was slightly sweet but also acidic at the same time. It was heavenly. Why it has taken me 5 years to recreate it I'm not sure at all. Maybe because I was recently in a supermarket and saw the butcher cutting fresh rib steaks and lost my head and had to have them (now you know how dinner ideas are formed in this house.) And once I had the 90 shekel a kilo rib steaks in hand this sauce dug itself out of my memory and threw itself at me. Now, I understand that the picture may not do anything for you and why would something that sort of looks like a nightmare swamp make you drool? But herbs tend to start browning once chopped and I was wayyyy to busy inhaling my steak to take a picture right away and so you are not experiencing the vibrant green that I did, but trust me on this one, a smothering of this green, herb-y goodness on your next steak or chicken is the way to go. Enjoy!
1 1/2 cups fresh parsley
1 1/2 cups fresh cilantro
4 cloves garlic
1 cup olive oil
1 small tomato, seeded and diced finely
2 Tblspoons finely chopped red onion
3 Tblspoons red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
salt and pepper to taste
In a food processor process the parsley, cilantro and garlic. Slowly add in the oil and blend in until smooth. Remove from bowl and mix in the tomato, onion, sugar and season with salt and pepper.