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Argentinian Porkchops with Chimichurri

December 6, 2010

Scott and I are big fans of pork. Its lean, its versatile, and its absolutely delicious! Pork chops are great because they cook quickly and are yummy all their own, which allows for any number of creative sauces to accompany them without needing to smother them to create flavor. Last night we took a little trip way south of the border and put an Argentinian spin on our chops. This is a great meal, because while it requires a fair amount of prep work, it has to be done a few hours in advance so you can kick back and enjoy your evening with minimal clean up.

The Chops should be prepared 3-4 hours before dinnertime.

  • 4 bone-in pork chops
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 TBSP minced garlic
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1.5 tsp oregano
  • 1.5 tsp cumin

Combine marinade ingredients in a large container or bowl and add pork chops. Flip them around a few times to coat them well. Cover and refrigerate 3-4 hours.

Once ready to cook, coat the bottom of a large skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat. Add pork chops (2 at a time depending on size of your skillet) and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, until nicely browned on the outside and still a light juicy pink on the inside.

The Chimichurri

  • 1.5 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1.5 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 TBSP + 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 TBSP fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 1 TBSP vinegar (red wine or cider)
  • 6-7 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flake
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Blend parsley, cilantro, oregano, lime juice, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in food processor. Blend until well combined. Remove from processor and scoop into bowl. Stir in red pepper flake. Gradually add olive oil until you’ve reached the preferred consistency. Store in refrigerator for at least 1 hour so flavors combine.

Serve on top of porkchops, steak, or really anything! This sauce is so fresh and delicious just eaten with a spoon. Although I wouldn’t recommend it for a first date, unless you don’t mind checking your grin in a mirror every other bite! πŸ˜‰

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2010 11:10 am

    That picture looks so yummy… it makes me drool! I love the rich color of chimichurri. I can’t wait to try this delicious dish πŸ™‚

  2. December 6, 2010 11:20 am

    Thanks Tes! Its such a great meal, and an easy sauce to keep on hand just to spice up any simple weeknight meal.

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