Chimichurri Sauce with Parmesan and Spinach

The Best Chimichurri Sauce

If you don’t already know, Chimichurri Sauce is a recipe developed in Argentina.  It’s got fresh garlic, green herbs and a spicy kick.  It’s traditionally served over steak but you can use it for many things.  It is my understanding that the local Argentine’s have been brought up with this sauce, on the dinner table, for every meal.  It’s considered a condiment, like salsa or ketchup, and it is absolutely fantastic.

My Chimichurri Sauce is Different

In this recipe, I’m going to show you a little twist.  As you read in the title, I like to add Parmesan and Spinach but those are the only changes I’ve implemented.  For example I use Green Onion instead of Red, Lime instead of Lemon, Balsamic instead of Red Wine Vinegar.  So as you can see, it’s more of a Tomato/Tomato thing.  The real major difference is the addition of the Parmesan cheese, the Baby Spinach and the Worcestershire.  The cheese adds richness, the Worcestershire adds bite and the spinach bulks it up and smooths the flavor out so that it’s not overwhelming on the pallet.  Oregano and Cumin are two other fun ingredients that some like to add to their Chimichurri Sauce, so might want to consider those as well.

Chimichurri Sauce Ingredients:

3 cloves Garlic, ground
2 tbsp Olive Oil
2 Green Onion, ground
1 sprig of Fresh Parsley
1 sprig of Fresh Cilantro
4 oz Baby Green Spinach
1 tsp Worcestershire
1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
1/3 cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/2 tsp Chili Flakes
1/2 Lemon or Lime, squeezed
Salt and Pepper to taste

Follow the instructions in the Chimichurri Sauce video tutorial and blend all of the ingredients together.

Dragon Fruit – what does it look like on the inside

Dragon Fruit is Amazing

I always describe Dragon Fruit as, “The Cookies and Cream” fruit, though, it has the texture of a Kiwi, it looks just like ice cream when you split them open.  They grow like flowers on Cacti plants in Mexico and are known as Pitaya or Pitahaya.  They are also cultivated in Southeast Asia, the United States, Israel, Australia, Cyprus and the Canary Islands.

Where to find Dragon Fruit

I found Dragon Fruit at my local Oriental Market.  I bought the last two they had and I paid $1.98 a pound.  I think, between the two, they weighed about 1 1/2 pounds is all.  So they really didn’t cost me that much.  But people have told me that these can be ridiculously priced in standard grocery markets.  I’ve heard upwards of even $8 dollars a piece; which is crazy but if you can find them at lower price, I highly recommend you try one.  I like to squeeze lime juice over the top of mine.  So if you find them, pic up a lime or two for a little extra seasoning because the Dragon fruit tastes like a mild Kiwi.

Other Recipes like Dragon Fruit

I’ve got a ton of Asian food recipes if you search the categories panel under Chinese or Japanese Food.  I’ve also got a few fruits and vegetable videos listed here that you might be interested in, like my, How to cut a Pineapple, Japanese Cold Cucumber and my How to cook an Artichoke.  Other than that, thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy this Dragon Fruit Video.

Sweet Potato Casserole – Southern Style with Marshmallow and Walnuts

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The Best Sweet Potato Casserole

This is, hands down, the absolute best Sweet Potato Casserole I have ever had, I swear!  And if that’s not enough of a selling point, I’m talking about Butter, Sugar, Cinnamon, Marshmallows and an awesome Walnut Crisp Crunch on top.  This is a classic Southern recipe that can be served for any dinner; especially Thanksgiving.  But this dish is so fresh and sweet you could top this off with some Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and serve it for dessert, it’s that good.

Youtube Sweet Potato Casserole main pic

How I like my Sweet Potato Casserole

I’ve mixed the ideas of several different Sweet Potato recipes to develop this dish.  I love the traditional way my Grandmother always made it; sliced with toasted marshmallows over the top.  But, I also love the Southern style with a Walnut Apple pie style crisp or with Pecans, if you prefer.  Either way is delicious but when you combine the two, you end up with a symphony of flavors that just dance around your mouth with every bite.

If you’re interested in more great Thanksgiving recipes, give these a try:
Garlic Mashed Potatoes, The Ultimate Green Bean Casserole, Pumpkin Pie Turnovers, Acorn Squash, Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts, Croissant Stuffing!

Sweet Potato Casserole Ingredients:

4 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and sliced

Sugar Butter Sauce
1 stick Butter, melted
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Nutmeg, ground
1 tsp Cinnamon, ground
3/4 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Vanilla

Topping
1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Flour
1/4 Cup Melted Unsalted Butter
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Cup Chopped Pecans
2 cups Marshmallows, small

Bake Sliced Sweet Potatoes in the Melted Sugar Butter Sauce, covered, for 1 hour at 350 degrees f.  Mix The topping ingredients, minus the Marshmallows, in a bowl and add it with the Marshmallows to the top of the cooked Sweet Potatoes.  Cook the Sweet Potato Casserole, uncovered, for 30 more minutes at 350 degrees f.