Monday, February 4, 2013

Chimichurri Dip with Potato Wafers | Comfort Snack

Chimichurri is a sauce used for grilled meat. Its supposed to be originally from Argentina, though there are several theories regarding this. Its usually a mix of flat leaf parsley, garlic, olive oil and vinegar though the ingredients can change as per taste and availability. I have tried this sauce as a thick dip for  my potato wafers. IT can be used as a pasta sauce or even marinating veggies. I am just writing the guestimates for each items you can definitely vary according to your taste. 


Ingredients:
Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley : 1 small bunch.
Fresh Cilantro: 1/2 quantity as parsley
Garlic: 1-2 cloves
Vinegar : 2 + tbsp
Olive Oil: 2+ tbsp
Salt: as per taste
Chilli Flakes: optional : as per taste : or any chosen spice/seasoning

Preparation:
 In a blender blend together the herbs,little salt, little chili flakes and garlic, adding vinegar and olive oil. You can first add oil and then vinegar so that they blend to emulsify.

Adjust the salt and spices after the taste test. Serve as a dip or sauce with your choice of accompaniment. I went for potato wafers.


Potato Wafers
These are nothing but thin round slices of potatoes which are pan fried. These are awesome  as an easy evening snack. I love potatoes and some evening seeing my craving for potatoes my mom used to make these for me. These are much low in calorie than the oil drench fried potato chips as well. So this is like one of my comfort foods . 

Ingredients: 
Potato: 1 big sliced into thin rounds
Salt & Pepper: as per taste

Preparation:
Heat water in a big vessel adding salt. Bring it to boil and add the potato slices in it. Let it get blanched and start to cook for a minute or two. 

Take it out ,drain on towels or colander. Meanwhile, heat a pan on medium -high. Spray/drizzle little oil on it. Put the potato slices onto it and cook for a minute or two on both sides, till brown spots appear. 

Do the taste test and top with more salt and optionally pepper as well.


Serve with chimichurri dip or your choice of sauce/dip/sides.A simple and easy snack for the lazy evenings.

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