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Sauced: Chimichurri Sauce

My first Chimichurri sauce was a real revelation. I made it on a whim to go with a flank steak, but was unprepared for just how well this Argentinian parsley-based sauce complements beef. Since then, I've been making it with some regularity, and bringing this Chimichurri enlightenment to others.

Chimichurri's origins are steeped in lore, with stories of mispronunciations coming from an Irishman named "Jimmy McCurry," a British meat man named "Jimmy Curry," and the phrase "give me the curry." What we do know is this is a popular sauce to serve with beef in Argentina, comprised most commonly of parsley, garlic, oil, and red pepper flakes.

The ingredients come together into a fresh, tart sauce that works wonders on beef. It heightens the beefiness with contrasting fresh elements that play off the heavier nature of beef. Add a Chimichurri sauce to your backyard cookout this summer, and it'll be hard to ever fire up the grill for steaks again without it.

About the author: Joshua Bousel brings you new, tasty condiment each Wednesday and a recipe for weekend grilling every Friday. He also writes about grilling and barbecue on his blog The Meatwave whenever he can be pulled away from his grill.

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