Taste the Wonders of the World: Chimichurri Churrasco
The party never stops in Rio de Janeiro, and neither does the flavor of our newest Spice ‘n Easy mix: Chimichurri Churrasco! As part of our Wonders of the World Spice ‘n Easy series, this Brazilian barbecue dish celebrates summer and all of the cookouts, potlucks, parties, and backyard soirées that come with it. Chimichurri (an herbaceous South American sauce and marinade) Churrasco (Portuguese name for grilled beef or meat) is the bold, vibrant, and versatile dish that will liven up any summertime spread.
Overlooking Rio (atop a literal mountain) is a 125-foot-tall statue known as Cristo Redentor or Christ the Redeemer. Each year, 2 million people visit this wonder of the world - which took 9 years and 6 million soapstone tiles to build. The statue represents peace and love, and inspired us to create a dish that you and your #summersquad will love to pieces.
Can you tell we’re excited for summer? More specifically, summer grilling! We’ve already donned our cheeky aprons, our grills are preheated, and we’re clacking our tongs, dad-style. Go ahead, listen to this description of the flavors in Chimichurri Churrasco and tell us you didn’t just start applying sunscreen.
Doubling as a sauce and a marinade, this blend of fruity, smoky chipotle chiles, juicy pineapple, sunny turmeric, and savory shallots join fresh herbs, sweet agave, and refreshing citrus for the ultimate splash of summer flavor.
What do you need to add to this mix to make this marinated masterpiece? Steak, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, and agave. That’s it! Don’t have cilantro? Try parsley. Or better yet, a combo of the two. Don’t have lime juice? Try lemon or red wine vinegar– anything to give it that bright, acidic bite! Same with the agave. Honey works just as well. This sauce (and marinade!) is so low stress, you can use whatever you have on hand and it will still turn out amazing.
Not feeling steak for dinner? Great news. Turns out you can chimichurr-ify just about anything. Try it on chicken, salmon, corn on the cob, and grilled pineapple. Use it as a dip for fresh bread. Even drizzle it over vanilla ice cream (we tried it and it was interesting!).
Pulling up an extra chair or two? Expand the meal with a shareable side like these electric orange Brazilian-Style Cheese Buns, inspired by traditional Brazilian pão de queijo. Follow it up with a little something sweet, aka Cookies & Cream Brigadieros, and wash everything down with a Ruby Red Mojito.
Whether you’re leisurely picnicking at the feet of a giant statue or rushing to get a weeknight meal on the table, Chimichurri Churrasco Spice ‘n Easy is ready to help you spend less time cooking and more time connecting around the table. It’s only here for a limited time, so be sure to stock up before it chimi-scurries away!
For teasers of what tasty trip we are taking next and to learn more about our Wonders of the World series, read our Taste the Wonders of the World blog.