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Old 09-24-2015, 08:22 PM   #1
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What is the best tool to make chimichurri sauce?

What is the best tool to make Chimichurri sauce in?
I don't get it. I have a powerful immersion blender, a small food processor, a nice food chopper.

This isn't the first time I've run into this problem.
I followed a small recipe to make chimichurri sauce. It's so small that nothing I put it in really does the tricky. Why can't I find a tool that no matter the size of the food, I can mix it up. The recipe was 3 tablespoons of oil, 1 tablespoon of red vinegar, garlic, parsely, oregeno, garlic, red pepper flakes, s/p.

I ended adding water and made it watery. Actually I started off adding more oil but then added some water. My immersion blender blades couldn't quite mix it really good.

In the past, I've made the same mistake with similiar recipes and have tried my little chopper and even blender. I always have the same problem. Too small amount of ingredients for the blades to really get to it.

What am I missing?
also, even food processors are a pain because it's a small amount and the blade doesn't have much to work with and things cake onto the sides when the amount is so small. You don't know how many times I've said, I'm not making that again due to this kind of a thing

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Old 09-24-2015, 08:29 PM   #2
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Assuming you don't want to double, triple the recipe, you'll have to do it by hand.

Chop up the garlic, parsley and oregano with a chef's knife and mix that with the other ingredients in a bowl.
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:31 PM   #3
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Assuming you don't want to double, triple the recipe, you'll have to do it by hand.

Chop up the garlic, parsley and oregano with a chef's knife and mix that with the other ingredients in a bowl.
Funny thing is, the recipe was from Bobby Dean and it said use a blender or a small food processor. lol
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:41 PM   #4
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You mentioned a food chopper. What is that, exactly?
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:51 PM   #5
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If you look at the pictures, one of them is the chopper.
I'm wondering if I would of had better luck with the chopper instead of the immersion blender. I keep on picking the wrong tool for things like that.
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:55 PM   #6
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When I make chimichurri sauce, I mince the ingredients finely with my chef's knife and put them all in a canning jar, then shake it good - shake it real good
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Old 09-25-2015, 06:56 AM   #7
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Not sure what you are referring to in regards to the small food processor, but I have a Cuisinart Mini-Prep for small mixing jobs. Only holds about a cup of liquid. Might be what you are looking for.


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A woman from work is originally from Uruguay, so I asked her about chimichurri. No vinegar, just parsley, garlic, oil, and a bit of salt. They use it as a condiment, like ketchup. She told me that her father makes it in batches, and it doesn't go bad if refrigerated. I've read recipes that say you can keep it for a few days in the refrigerator. Seems to me that it should keep for a while.
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Old 09-25-2015, 07:00 AM   #8
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In Argentina, they do put red wine vinegar in the chimichurri.

With that immersion blender, the whip attachment would work better than the chopping blade.
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In Argentina, they do put red wine vinegar in the chimichurri.
I think that every recipe I have seen for chimichurri calls for vinegar, but that's what she told me.
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Just like everything else, people want to fuss over what is or isn't authentic. When we visited Argentina, for the most part we had Chimichurri with vinegar. But I've also had it made with lime juice, and it's tasty that way, too. As long as it has an acidic element, I think use whatever you prefer.

With regards to chopping it, if your food processor or stick blender (I probably wouldn't use that because it would completely puree the end product, which isn't what you want) won't adequately deal with small portions, I would either 1.) make a larger batch and freeze the unused portion, or 2.) chop the ingredients by hand. I often find it's more work to clean up the food processor than to just mince a few herbs on a cutting board.
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