Verdejo with Chimichurri appetizer

National White Wine Day… AND it is Verdejo for me today! The 2019 Balnea Verdejo is made by an inspiring women winemaker María Jesús Hernández and fourth generation family winery owner. Verdejo is a variety of wine grape grown for many centuries in the Rueda region of Spain, and where some of Spain’s finest white wines are made. The grape berries are bright green and therefore the name “Verdejo” was derived from the Spanish word for verdant called “verde”. This Balnea Verdejo is crisp and citrusy with aromatics of fresh apricots and nectarines, and a hint of herbs; So refreshing which is why this calls for my Chimichurri appetizer!

My new version of chips and dip. Have you ever had Chimichurri? When I first moved to Houston some years ago from El Paso, Texas, I was intrigued by the diverse Latin American cuisine. My first taste of Chimichurri was simply divine, in the sense of just dipping into the sauce with salty fried plantain chips. In Argentina Chimichurri is used as a marinade for grilled meats like their signature steaks called “Churrascos”, and season pork chops, lamb and chicken too. I do like the thought of Chimichurri and plantain chips as an appetizer, it makes a nice pairing for a refreshing vibrant white wine combined with all those flavors of olive oil, garlic, red wine vinegar and parsley.

What I love about making Chimichurri is that I get to use the parsley which grows like crazy in my backyard herb box!

You will need: 

  • Parsley (approximately a cup 1/2 to two cups of fresh parsley trimmed of all the stems. I use a combo of both flat-leaf and curly since they both grow in my backyard herb box)
  • Cilantro 1/4 cup (trimmed of all the stems)
  • Garlic (4) cloves
  • Olive oil 3/4 cup
  • Red wine vinegar 1/4 cup
  • Pepperoncino the “red pepper flakes” and you will only need a few sprinkles
  • Black pepper finely ground and you will only need a dash
  • Salt to taste (remember the plantain chips are typically very salty)

Place all the ingredients in a food processor, and there you have it, Chimichurri. Pour into a bowl, dip with some plantain chips and enjoy with a lovely Spanish Verdejo wine from Rueda.

I purchased this 2019 Balnea Verdejo at my favorite wine shop Vinology Houston for $16. Felicidades!





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