Provoleta with Chimichurri

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In the old days when I wanted recipes, I read food magazines and cookbooks. It was wonderful.

But I have to say, having millions of recipes at my fingertips by simply being “online” makes me thrilled that the internet was discovered during my lifetime.

I discovered provoleta after receiving an email from Good Food, which is an Australian publication.

Provoleta is Argentina’s version of raclette, and to make it even more fabulous, this molten cheese is served with chimichurri. And good bread, of course.

So this was certainly a cheese dish I could not ignore, being a huge raclette fan. And cheese fan.

Provoleta with Chimichurri

Chimichurri:
½ cup finely chopped parsley
3 tsp finely chopped fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried
2 or 3 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
large pinch of crushed red pepper
3 tsp red wine vinegar

Cheese:
Round of provolone cheese, sliced about 3/4″ thick
3 tsp roughly chopped fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried
½ tsp cayenne pepper flakes

1 baguette, sliced, toasted, if desired

In a small bowl, stir together the parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper, crushed red pepper, and vinegar. Thin with a little water, if necessary, to make a pourable sauce.

Set aside to let flavors meld. Sauce may be prepared the day ahead.

Before you begin, have your bread sliced (I grilled mine), and the oregano chopped.

Set a small cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. I used my crêpe pan. When pan is hot, put in the cheese.


Sprinkle with half the oregano and crushed red pepper.

Cook for about two minutes, until the bottom begins to brown.

Carefully flip the cheese with a spatula and cook for two to three minutes more, until the second side is browned and the cheese is beginning to ooze.

Transfer cheese to a plate and sprinkle with remaining oregano and crushed red pepper. I added a few tablespoons of chimichurri.

Serve from the hot skillet on a heat-proof surface, along with the bread and the chimichurri.

Alternatively, finish the cheese by putting it under the grill or in a hot oven.

Argentinians grill the provolone slices directly on the fire, but I was not willing to lose good cheese and deal with the resulting mess on my stove!

As soon as the provolone cools a bit, it gets a bit rubbery, but the cheese can be reheated.

Which is exactly what I did that evening when my girlfriend came over. I reheated it on the stove, and we kept eating it, and eating it. Until there wasn’t much left.

She really loved the addition of the chimichurri. I just loved the cheese with the oregano and cayenne pepper flakes.

Will I be making this again? Oh yes indeedy.

note: If you’d like more direction for making chimichurri, check out my recipe on the blog here.

50 thoughts on “Provoleta with Chimichurri

  1. Oh wow – that molten cheese ❤ ! I’ve never heard of provoleta before, and I’ve never gotten round to making chimicurri – but as you say… thank God for the internet!

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  2. This looks amazing! I love recipe books! I think the first one I read was the Betty Crocker Cookbook my mom had when I was a kid. It gave so much information about cooking. Not just recipes but information about cuts of meat. Explanations about cooking certain ways. It has become a great heirloom!

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  3. Oh my goodness, Mimi, that looks fantastic! (Wish I could still eat cheese… especially “molten cheese” or anything close to raclette.) But, I’m consoling myself with one of your authentic Margaritas just now. :) And, I WILL be trying your Chimichurri recipe!

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  4. Leave it to you to come up with such a delicacy. I hadn’t heard of this but I am dying to get out to our good cheese store and splurge a bit on it. You make it sound so appealing and those photos are just to die for!

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  5. I wonder if there’s a good way to keep the skillet and the cheese warm, and serve directly that way. This looks amazingly good, and would make a great supper! All it needs is a glass of Malbec!

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    • There’s got to be a way. Maybe like a heated brick, but flat? Or just use some kind of electric gadget? A raclette maker would work but I like the presentation of the whole round of provolone.

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