With Labor Day weekend nearly upon us, it’s time again to fire up the grill and raise a glass to the end of another great summer and the hard work we’ve put in to get here.

Labor Day was established in 1882 to pay tribute to the achievements of the American worker. It has since become a time to gather with friends and family to enjoy good company and good food. Many holiday celebrations will be centered around the dinner table this weekend as folks enjoy an all-American staple to any summertime celebration: steak. The classic centerpiece to most barbecues, steaks can take on new life with the addition of a delicious and contemporary sauce. Set aside that A.1 and replace that store bought sauce with something fresh- not to mention easy to make.

Give you steak a South American twist with an Argentina-inspired chimichurri sauce. Bursting with flavor from fresh  herbs, this sauce is perfect for almost any meat- from filet to fish.

[Photo Credit: Oxmoor House]
Chimichurri Sauce
1 1/2 cup fresh Parsley leaves
1/2 cup fresh Cilantro
1/4 cup fresh Mint
1/2 cup Onion, chopped
1/4 cup whole Garlic
3 tablespoons Champagne Vinegar
2 cups Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne
Juice from 1/4 Lemon

Directions: Place all ingredients into a blender, adding the liquids (oil and vinegar) last. Blend and refrigerate before serving over sliced steak.

A more refined option to dress up your red meats can come in the form of a gastrique- a fancy word for a sugar and vinegar based sauce. Sound strange? Add some local McCall huckleberries and be amazed at the rich, sweet flavor it adds to any cut of meat.

Huckleberry Gastrique
1/2 cup Red Wine
1/2 cup Red Wine Vinegar
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Beef Stock
1/2 cup Huckleberries, fresh or frozen
1 teaspoon minced Thyme
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions: In a stainless steel sauce pot, bring the red wine, vinegar and sugar to a boil. Reduce by half until the liquid thickens, taking on the consistency of a syrup. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm over short ribs or steak.

If you’re interested in a good old fashioned barbecue sauce, well, we have one of those for you too…with an Idaho twist. Click here for our Huckleberry Barbecue Sauce recipe.

However you chose to sauce your steaks, enjoy them and your well-deserved day off, too. Cheers!