Aji Verde Sauce (Peruvian-Style Green Sauce)
Aji Verde Sauce (Peruvian-Style Green Sauce)
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The so-called Ají Verde sauce served in many Peruvian restaurants in anglophone America is essentially a fusion of Peruvian, Mexican, and North American cuisine. It's not really something you'd find in Peru at all but well worth making because it's absolutely divine. A true magical sauce that goes well with any grain bowl or grilled goods, such as steak, grilled veggies, or Peruvian chicken.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Jalapeños
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1.5 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise - preferably homemade
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • sea salt to taste - *

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients but mayonnaise and Parmesan to a blender or a jar into which your immersion blender fits and blend on high until bright green and smooth.
  2. Add mayonnaise and grated Parmesan and blend on low for only a few seconds. If you blend on high or for too long you risk your mayonnaise curdling.
  3. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

NOTES

* my mayo and Parmesan were salty enough so I didn’t add any salt. Make sure you try your sauce first before adding salt.

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