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. For example Shrimp, shrimp is ALWAYS better with a little bit of a kick. Check out this Spicy Shrimp Pasta if you are looking for dinner with a punch!
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!