Creamy Green Salsa

I know how easy it is to pick up a container of your favorite salsa, but it's almost as easy - and a whole lot tastier - to whip up a batch of your own. I've got a couple homemade salsas that I make often, but when I spied this creamy green version I was intrigued.

The recipe comes from Tim over at Lottie & Doof who got it by way of Chicago's famed chef Rick Bayless. Truth be told, I'm a bit sweet on Rick Bayless - his enthusiasm, generosity and respect for his ingredients is catching. And anyone who can take a few simple ingredients and turn them into such an intense and complex mouthful, has pretty much won me over for good.

Simplicity is key, so do yourself a flavour and find the good jalapeño chiles, the juciest limes and the freshest local garlic you can muster. Grab yourself a margarita too. The rest is easy.

Creamy Green Salsa
(adapted from Lottie & Doof)
6 fresh jalapeño chiles, stems removed
8 large garlic cloves
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
kosher salt

Using a dry skillet, toast the jalapeños and garlic until soft - the jalapeños will get blistered and dark and the garlic will turn golden, about 15-20 minutes. Let them cool and then add them into a blender, along with the lime juice and give it a spin. Slowly add in the oil until the sauce becomes thick. Add in a generous pinch of salt and if it's too thick, just thin it out with a few spoonfuls of water. Best if eaten immediately.

By Jeannette Ordas of Everybody likes Sandwiches

Jan Halvarson


KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Thanks for sharing this!! We just returned from Mexico on Monday and creamy salsa was our favourite new-to-us salsa! I was hoping to find a recipe to make it at home, your post is so timely for me.

NicoleD said...

Yum! I am seriously addicted to Rick Bayless, too. Everything he makes looks fantastic. Can't wait for jalapeno season around here!

jeana said...

We love salsa around here, and welcome any new creamy green salsa with open arms! Can NOT wait to try this weekend for my husband's and brother's birthday bash. Our annual fajita dinner!

Justine @ Urban Scarlet said...

mmmm i love rick bayless! this looks and sounds absolutely amazing. i can eat salsa with anything... well, almost. ha :)

sfgirlbybay said...

yum. i love salsa and this looks so good!

Tang said...

This sounds really good! Can't wait to try it out.

cailen ascher said...

wow! that sounds really, really good! thanks for sharing : )

ps i'm your newest follower!

Joanne said...

delicious! delicious! Must make this one day!

Pen and Paperie said...

That sounds delish!
Perfect to pair with the half-bag of Tostitos that has been in my pantry since the super bowl (slightly stale I am sure...)

aeMalkin said...

This looks really good! I think I'm going to toss in some cilantro as well, and maybe use as a salad dressing :)

bob in chicago said...

I'm eating this right now!!! Except I subbed the Jalapenos for 12 Serrano Peppers!!! So good!!!