Sometimes I am green with envy when I see people posting pictures on their exotic, tropical vacations. My favorite part about being on vacation is definitely the food. For me, food is a celebration of cultures and cuisines. So, when my friends decided to book a trip to South America without me, I did the next best thing—fired up the grill, cooked some steaks, and cracked open one of my favorite, Argentinian-derived ingredients: the very green chimichurri sauce. Notice how I say crack open rather than lug out my food processor, run back to the market, and wait a few hours for all of the flavors to meld. Axel Provisions makes chimichurri sauce easy, especially with their Verde Chimichurri sauce, a modern take on the classic recipe. Axel Provisions Verde Chimichurri Sauce is the pesto of the south. You heard it here, first!
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
What's the deal with chimichurri sauce, anyway? It all started in Argentina a few centuries ago. The Argentine Cowboys, better known as Gauchos, exclaimed "Where's the Beef?" as Spain began importing cattle. Red meat soon became the main source of protein for all of Argentina. These cowboys recognized that their meat needed flavor. They took to their roots and created a sun-dried herb
spice blend, combining parsley, spices, and oils. Sounds cool, right! What's with the name? The etymology of chimichurri sauce is a bit mixed... just like the sauce! History's best bet is that the word chimichurri stems from the Basque word tximitxurri, which more or less means "a mix of things." History aside, we're grateful for Gauchos bringing us this tasty sauce.
GETTING WRAPPED UP IN THE FACTS:
"In your hand you hold the long Gaucho tradition of mixing sun-dried herbs and quality liquids to prepare meats, poultry, and any protein-rich meal. Enjoy as a marinade, condiment or simply as a dip."
HERE ARE SOME OF THE AMAZING INGREDIENTS IN THE AXEL PROVISIONS VERDE CHIMICHURRI SAUCE:
Called for in many recipes as a flavor booster, it wasn't until my love affair with chimichurri that I learned all about this awesome ingredient!
Bay leaves are packed with vitamins A, C, magnesium, calcium, manganese, potassium, and iron. Wowza! Bay leaves can help rejuvenate the body, ease arthritis, and help with digestion. I don't know about you, but these benefits sound perfect after a long day of grillin' and chillin' with friends.
Garlic, a main staple in chimichurri sauce, has a ton of anti-inflammatory properties. Lately, research on garlic has been even better! Recent studies have focused more on how sulfur compounds in garlic help lower the risk of certain types of cancer, especially in the mouth and throat.
Garlic also claims to improve cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and combat sickness. Garlic gets around!
While vampires are soooooo last century, I'll continue to enjoy my garlic, just to be safe. Especially when it's in one of my favorite condiments: the chimichurri sauce!
HOW TO ENJOY AXEL PROVISIONS VERDE CHIMICHURRI SAUCE:
First off, SHAKE WELL! Olive oil and vinegar mix like cats and dogs — stereotypically, they don't! If you haven't caught the hint, chimichurri sauce is perfect with grilled meats. Vegan or vegetarian? Have no fear! Use this sauce as a dressing for your favorite salad or over a hearty grain bowl. I love drizzling chimichurri sauce over crackers, baked potatoes, or atop a homemade garlic dip. The options are endless!
ABOUT AXEL PROVISIONS, IN ITS OWN WORDS.
Hand-crafted in Texas, Axel Provisions mission is "to share cultures through culinary arts."
We agree–it has hit the mark with its line of seasonings and condiments.
Axel's love for creating the best chimichurri sauce starts generations before him. Raised by two Argentine parents, Axel learned to cook at an early age.
"After university, five continents and everything in between, Axel moved back to his hometown in Texas to start AXEL Provisions. Under 30, today Axel runs his second food business, which has caused a storm, interpreting culinary staples from around the world for the US market.
And it all began with the Traditional Chimichurri."
Here are answers to some of your most important questions!
Yes! Axel Provisions Verde Chimichurri Sauce is paleo.
Yes! Axel Provisions Verde Chimichurri Sauce is organic.
Yes! Axel Provisions Verde Chimichurri Sauce is gluten-free.
Yes! Axel Provisions Verde Chimichurri Sauce is vegan.