So, there. What do you do when your garden is overgrown with parsley? Make chimichurri of course. This delicious parsley sauce is now my best friend. It goes with absolutely anything that's grilled or roasted - prawns, fish, steaks, chicken, vegetables, you name it. And because it has a slight tang to it from the vinegar, it makes everything taste so appetizing that you keep eating more and more. That's not really a bad thing, unless one is pregnant and lactating, as there might be uterotonic effects of excessive consumption of parsley. In fact, did you know that parsley is one of the most underrated superfoods, and is often overlooked in its popular role as a garnish? Parsley is packed full of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, has healing properties and can potentially reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Google parsley and read all about the nutritional benefits of this wonderful herb.
Anyway, I digress. Chimichurri - super easy to prepare, super tasty and versatile and great if you're looking to use up extra parsley lying around. Make sure you use flat-leaf or Italian parsley, and not the curly ones. If you've never tried it, you should! Delizioso!
Chimichurri Roast Chicken
2 chicken marylands (whole leg)
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups tightly packed flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Prepare Chimichurri by mixing all the ingredients together. Set aside, or refrigerate for up to 3 days until ready for use.
Preheat oven to 200C (400F).
Rub salt and pepper over the chicken. Gently lift the skin until it separates from the flesh, and stuff it with some chimichurri. Rub 1 tbsp of chimichurri all over each chicken Maryland. Place in a roasting tin. Toss some potatoes and vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper (and butter if you like). Arrange these in the roasting tin. Bake for 1 hour until chicken is cooked and browned. Turn up the heat to 230C (440F) for the last 5 minutes to crisp up the skin. Serve immediately with extra chimichurri on the side.