I have to admit, one of my favorite flavors (aside from chocolate and coffee) is cilantro.
While I will add it to soup (like I did last night), tacos, salad, and nearly any savory food that will hold still... Jeremy does not share my love for the flavor.
Yes, I married one of those people who think it tastes like soap. I always feel so sorry for those people and the greatness they are missing out on.
A few weeks ago though, my cilantro soap tasting husband made me a little surprise.
I happened to be working a school function late and he decided he was going to surprise me with what dinner was. I knew he was grilling steaks, but as far as sides I was a little scared.
The man knows I prefer healthy, he on the other hand is known to order double carb sides at a restaurant with no shame and still fit in his pants the next day.
To my complete shock I came home to not only homemade sweet potato fries, the man had made Chimichurri. My cilantro hating husband had made the best homemade Chimichurri I've had in ages.
Ages actually being that I haven't made any in about six or so years, due solely to his distaste for the stuff.
I immediately demanded the man tell me what he did to make just enough of the goodness for me and promptly wrote it down. This Chimichurri sauce is the perfect blend of cilantro with enough tang from the vinegar and spice from the garlic to make any cilantro loving individual happy.
It made me happy enough to put it on nearly everything I could, and even get a few looks from Jeremy about the fact that I didn't have to eat the entire serving.
It was too good to save for later though.
Chimichurri Sauce for One
1 tbsp of red or white wine vinegar
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp water
1/2 clove of garlic
1/4 cup cilantro
salt & pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to a small food processor and pulse until cilantro is chopped up very fine. If you don't have a food processor this can also be done with an immersion (or hand) blender.
My food processor is actually too large for this recipe and Jeremy had trouble getting everything to blend for it. When I made it the second time I used my immersion blender and it worked out a lot better. However, if you have a small chopper that would be even easier. The small quantity is harder to blend in a larger gadget.
Then again if you have a mortar and pestle it would work even better!