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Treva's Take on Chimichurri: A Flavor Explosion for Summer Grilling (with a Treva Twist!)




Summer is in full swing, and nothing beats firing up the grill for a delicious, outdoor feast. But what if we told you there's a way to take your grilled meats and veggies to the next level? Cue Treva Gambs, the culinary mastermind behind Gamberetti's Italian Restaurant in Salem, Oregon. She's here to share her unique spin on chimichurri sauce – a vibrant, herby condiment that's about to become your new grilling obsession.


A Flavor Journey: The History of Chimichurri

Before we dive into Treva's recipe, let's take a quick trip back in time. Chimichurri hails from Argentina (though Uruguay also claims it as their own!), and its origins are a bit of a mystery. Some say it's named after an Irishman named Jimmy McCurry, whose garbled pronunciation led to "chimichurri." Others believe it's Basque in origin.

Whatever the story, one thing's for sure: chimichurri is a staple of Argentinian cuisine, traditionally served with grilled meats. The classic version is a blend of parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and red pepper flakes. But like all great recipes, there's always room for a little creativity!


Treva's Twist: Italian Flair Meets South American Zest

Treva's take on chimichurri draws inspiration from both Italian and Argentinian flavors. She swaps oregano for basil and cilantro, adds a touch of Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce for depth, and throws in some chipotle seasoning for a smoky kick. The result is a bright, bold chimichurri that's perfect for summer grilling.



Treva's Chimichurri Recipe

Yields: Enough for 12 servings (feel free to scale up or down!)

Pair with: Grilled meats, veggies, and even pasta! Treva's serving it with smoked pork tenderloin, grilled portobello mushrooms and zucchini, and a side of creamy pasta Alfredo.


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh basil

  • 2 cups fresh cilantro

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

  • 2 tsp chili flakes (or to taste)

  • 1 tsp chipotle seasoning

  • 1 tbsp capers

  • 2 large pinches salt

  • 1/4 cup fresh mint (or to taste)

  • Olive oil, to reach desired consistency


Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, combine the basil, cilantro, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, chili flakes, chipotle seasoning, capers, and salt.

  2. Blitz the ingredients, then slowly drizzle in olive oil while the processor runs until you reach your preferred consistency.

  3. Add mint and blitz again. Adjust with more olive oil if needed.

  4. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.


More Than Just Meat:

While chimichurri is traditionally served with grilled meats, Treva's version is incredibly versatile. It's fantastic on grilled fish, vegetables, or even drizzled over your favorite pasta dish. Get creative and explore the possibilities!



Gamberetti's: Your Italian Oasis in Salem

Looking for a unique dining experience in Salem, Oregon? Look no further than Gamberetti's. We offer authentic Italian cuisine with a modern twist, all made with fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. Come enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere and experience the flavors of Italy right here in Salem!






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