Two weeks ago, our department hosted a potluck burrito bar. My colleague, who’s Mexican-American, is famous for her sauces. She made several types of sauce for this event, the cilantro jalapeno sauce, members only sauce and a burrito sauce. Of the three sauces, the cilantro jalapeno sauce caught my eye due to it’s lime green color. It has a mild jalapeno kick and a rich cilantro goodness. A lot of people asked for the recipe and she graciously shared it with us. She mentioned getting the recipe from the America’s Test Kitchen show.
Jalapeño and Cilantro Sauce
Ingredients: (makes 1 cup)
- 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, and stems, trimmed and chopped coarse
- 3 jalapeño chiles, stemmed, seeded, and minced
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1. In a blender, put the cilantro, jalapeño, mayonnaise, lime juice, garlic and salt. Blend it for 1 minute.
2. Scrape down sides of blender jar and continue to process it until smooth, about another minute.
3. With blender running, slowly add oil until incorporated.
4. Transfer to a bowl for serving or jar for storage.
For a mild spicy sauce, add chile seeds of one chile. For an ultra spicy sauce, add all chile seeds from all 3 chiles.