The sun was out finally today, so we decided to fire up the grill. I had a bunch of fresh basil to use up so I decided to whip up an easy chimichurri sauce to have with our steaks. The red pepper flakes gave it a nice kick and I might even add a little more next time.
1 cup finely packed fresh basil leaves
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 cup olive oil, I used a little less
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp pink salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a mini food processor and process until the basil pieces are small and even.
Drizzle on chicken, steak, fish or whatever you like. It is also great with a baguette sliced and toasted with thinly sliced steak, and a drizzle of this sauce. Top with some fresh parmesan and you have a great appetizer.
Makes about 8 servings
We served this over grilled steaks with mushrooms and fresh cut sweet potato fries. Delicious!