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Chimichurri “Air” – Adventures in Molecular Cooking [7]

After learning the simple recipe for making flavored “air” at Molecular Gastronomy Class, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to aerate first. Multiple visits to the the Bazaar by José Andrés had me familiar with Bar Centro’s “salt air” topped margaritas, and my favorite “new way” martini with spherified (Ferran Adria) olive is topped with a tangy brine “air”. 

Peter and I love grilling flatiron steak, and I make homemade chimichurri sauce at least once a week. But in our house it’s not just for beef. We also add it to eggs, quesadillas, pastas, and even tuna salad.

Chimichurri "Air" photo 10 by MyLastBite.comTo make the “air”, there are actually only two ingredients needed: some sort of liquid and the lecite (aka lecithin), a natural soy-based emulsifier (links below).

Traditional chimichurri is usually made with two liquids: olive oil and acids, usually limes or vinegar. To make my chimichurri air, I left OUT the olive oil and just drizzled the oil on the steak directly, BEFORE adding the “air” on top.

I like my chimichurri REALLY spicy and wasn’t sure the heat would remain after straining and aerating, but it did. The light (and well, airy) texture was a refreshing change from the standard sauce. 

I certainly don’t plan on going crazy with the lecite (although I do think a Heinz 57 “air” would be an awesome return to my childhood). To me, it’s simply about learning yet another delicious (and fun!) cooking technique at home.

My Recipe for Chimichurri Air:

Chimichurri "Air" photo 2 by MyLastBite.com9 oz liquified chimichurri sauce (recipe follows)
1.5 g lecithin (aka lecite), food grade
Olive oil (to drizzle on steak) 

To make the chimichurri sauce:
1 cup chopped parsley
1 cup chopped cilantro
2 medium jalapeno chilies (or more if you like it spicy)
8 oz of fresh lime juice or red wine vinegar
2 or 3 cloves of garlic
Fleur de sel (or sea salt) 

Place all ingredients in a mini-chop or food processor and blend until liquified.

Chimichurri "Air" photo 3 by MyLastBite.comMeasure 9 oz of liquid (add vinegar or water if needed). 

Then pour the liquid through a fine strainer to remove any large pieces.

Make sure it’s 9 oz of liquid to 1.5 g lecithin (again, add vinegar or water if needed).

Place the chimichurri sauce and lecite into a large bowl and blend with a stick-blender until foaming. Note: I have a large, plastic container that I use for this. It can get pretty messy in a standard bowl, so wear an apron!

Chimichurri "Air" photo 9 by MyLastBite.comPrepare the steak:
Grill steak to desired doneness and let meat rest for at least ten minutes.

Cut and plate then drizzle olive oil directly on steak.

Add salt then scoop out whipped “air” from bowl and gently place on meat.

If the “air” becomes watery, simply blend again (not too long) until foamy. Serve immediately!

Chimichurri "Air" photo 11 by MyLastBite.com

Mentioned Above:

Bazaar’s Martini w/ Brine “Air”

About Texturas (in English)

Albert & Ferran Adria Textura site (spanish)

About Texturas – Lecite (airs)

Where to buy molecular ingredients

Molecular fun at home

My ChimiTuna (tuna salad with chimchurri)

My visits to the Bazaar

Ferran Adria’s “Liquid” Olive

El Torito’s Deep-Fried Ice Cream photo

Adventures in Molecular Cooking 6 (Trisol)

Adventures in Molecular Cooking 5 (Class)

Why I call it “Molecular Cooking”

All my chimichurri “air” photos on Flickr

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ChimiTuna Recipe

I love grilling steak and topping it with homemade chimichurri sauce. It’s easy to make and the fresh zesty taste just can’t be beat. Since I usually end up with a little extra sauce the next day, I like using it up on things like a spinach omelette, or layered in a cheese quesadilla.

Chimichurri, MyLastBite.comThe other day I was trying to figure out what to have for lunch and grabbed a package of tuna from my pantry. When I opened the fridge to look for ingredients, I noticed some leftover chimichurri sauce from the night before. Why not mix the tuna and chimichurri? Why hadn’t I tried this before? 

I went ahead and prepped the tuna like I usually do (instructions below), but this time I left out the mayo, mustard and lemon juice. Instead, I mixed in the chimichurri sauce and it was fantastic. I especially liked the lime and the subtle heat of the jalapeno pepper.

Now, when I make chimichurri sauce for steak night, I will definitely make a double batch so I have plenty leftover for a ChimiTuna salad.

For the Tuna Mixture:

1 Package of Albacore Tuna (if using canned, drain first)

1/2 celery stalk, chopped

1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained

1/2 small red onion, diced

For the Chimichurri Sauce:

1 cup packed chopped cilantro

1 cup packed chopped Italian parsley

1 clove of garlic

Zest of 1/2 a lime

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Diced jalapeno chili (how much depends how spicy you like it)

1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil (more depending how thick you want the sauce. I like it really thick.)

Salt & Pepper to taste

Add all ingredients into Food Processor and pulse until blended

Makes about 1 cup

Combine and Mix:

After you’ve made the tuna mixture, add chimichurri mix one spoonful at a time until it’s to your liking.

Gently mix, cover tightly and chill in fridge for a few hours (so the flavors can marry). I usually eat it with crispy whole-grain crackers or stuffed in a wheat pita.
ChimiTuna, MyLastBite.com

History of Chimichurri Sauce

Chimituna: Chimichurri & Tuna on Foodista

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