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Creamy green chile and avocado sauce

This is Week #14 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food & Wine Annual Cookbook 2010.

I need to make more sauces, I've decided. I've fallen madly in love with pesto over the past year, and I've prepared a few delicious sauces to accompany pork. I want to explore more, though. Sauces, like salsas, are incredibly versatile. I love being creative and combining two foods that don't sound like they would taste good together, but actually do.

My husband and I made this green chile-avocado sauce and served it with chicken a few nights ago. It was a great match! Very fresh, flavorful and pretty. When I make it again I'll add more spice, but that's my own issue. In my opinion, everything should have more spice.

Thread onto four skewers:

1 firm Hass avocado, quartered, pitted and skin left on for grilling; peel before processing

1 small onion, quartered

2 tomatillos, husked, cored and halved

4 garlic cloves, peeled

1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and quartered (next time I'll use 2-3)

1 poblano chile, stemmed, seeded and quartered

Brush with olive oil and grill over high heat, turning occasionally, until the vegetables are charred in spots, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Remove ingredients from skewers and transfer to a food processor. Don't forget to remove the peels from the avocados!


1/4 cup cilantro leaves

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Process until smooth and season with salt.

Serve with grilled chicken. Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days. Delish! Grilling season is finally here!

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (9)

Looks great! I never thought about roasting avocados! I can't wait until grilling season!

This sauce sounds fantastic! Grilling the veggies before pureeing them must give them such great depth of flavor. I'm pretty sure I would put this on just about everything :).

I love avocado this looks so fresh and delicious!

04.7.2011 | Unregistered Commenterpegasuslegend

This sounds wonderful! So fresh and flavorful. What a great challenge - I'll have to look at what else you've made so far.

04.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I would never have thought to roast avocado. This sauce looks amazing. You're so right, a great sauce can really make a dish.


04.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristi Rimkus

What a beautiful that everything is roasted, delicious.

04.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMagic of Spice

I'm new to your blog and I love it! Great recipes! Great pictures!! This sauce especially looks delicious! Perfect for warm-weather Mexican :)

04.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Food Hound

Your avocado sauce looks incredibly good - the avocado works so well with chicken too. I make my own guacamole in the summer but this sauce made from roasted avocado is definitely something to try. Glad I stopped by!

This looks absolutely fantastic, a must-try! I knew I'd like it, but you had me all the way at the grilled veggies picture!

04.16.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDi

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