Ramp Chimichurri Sauce

Ramps would be the perfect stand in for both the parsley and the garlic in this classic Argentinean sauce.


Ramp Chimichurri Sauce / Photo by Kerri Brewer / Katie Workman / themom100.com

I’m not going to apologize for the rampiness of this blog for the past few weeks.  I can’t and I won’t.

Chimichurri sauce is a very classic Argentinean sauce, typically served with steak of some kind.  It usually is made with parsley and garlic, often other herbs, and often a splash of something acidic like vinegar or lemon juice.  In this case I decided that ramps would be the perfect stand in for both the parsley (all those lush green leaves) and the garlic (those intense wild scallion bulbs).

Ramp Chimichurri Sauce / Photo by Kerri Brewer / Katie Workman / themom100.com

What are you going to do with this sauce?

You are going to serve this with steak (These Mexican Rib-Eyes would be great), maybe grilled or pan seared fish or seafood, possibly a roast of some kind.  You are going to use it in the dressing of a pasta salad.

You are going to serve it instead of cocktail sauce for shrimp cocktail.  You are going to spread just a little bit on a turkey sandwich, or add a little bit to your egg salad.

You are going to stir some into a pot of rice or risotto.  You are going to add a spoonful or two to a vegetable soup.  You are going to smear some under the skin of chicken pieces before roasting or grilling them.

Ramp Chimichurri Sauce / Photo by Kerri Brewer / Katie Workman / themom100.com

You are going to use a little on some very good grilled or griddled slices of  bread and top that with a fabulous cheese, like a goat cheese, or a sweet gorgonzola for the best crostini of the spring.    You are going to mix this with some cooking water from boiling up a big pot of pasta and use it to toss with the noodles.

Ramp Chimichurri Sauce / Photo by Kerri Brewer / Katie Workman / themom100.com

My 12 year old said that this was one of the best sauces I have ever made.  I found that as shocking as you probably did.

Ramp Chimichurri Sauce / Photo by Kerri Brewer / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Ramp Chimichurri Sauce: Chimichurri sauce is a classic Argentinean sauce, typically served with steak. In this variation, spring ramps are used as a substitute for parsley and garlic.

Ramp Chimichurri Sauce

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  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 10 ramps, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces, leaves included
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, or more as desired
  • Coarse or kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste (be liberal)
  • Pinch red pepper flakes

1. Put everything into a food processor and blender and whir the hell out of it.  If you want a thinner sauce, add more olive oil, or you could add a little water.

Ramp Chimichurri Sauce: Chimichurri sauce is a classic Argentinean sauce, typically served with steak. In this variation, spring ramps are used as a substitute for parsley and garlic.

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