Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ninfa's Green Sauce

This sauce has been served alongside a fiery red sauce at Tex-Mex eateries throughout the Houston area for over a decade.  It’s a cooling antidote for those times you’ve indulged in a little too much hot salsa with your chips.  A combination of tomatillo, avocado, jalapeno, sour cream, cilantro, etc.

“Mama” Nifa Rodrigues Laurenzo has been gone for many years, but her famous sauce lives on.  I tried a version of it at a local mexican restaurant called “Los Cucos” in the Salt Lake Valley.  I didn’t know what it was called at the time - but by googling the ingredients I thought it contained, I found it: Ninfa’s Green Sauce.

Avocados & sour cream make this a cooler sauce than your standard salsa - but it’s the tomatillos & jalapenos that give it a little tangy kick.  It’s not spicy at all (unless you add a lot of jalapenos).  If you aren’t a fan of cilantro - you can omit it (but I wouldn’t recommend that)  Add a lot more than it calls for if you enjoy cilantro.

You’ll find this sauce will hook you after a handful of chips.  But it’s also good in tacos, on fish, or in place of guacamole with any southwest dish.  

You can adjust the ‘chunkiness’ to your liking.  Some of my kids prefer a little less sour cream, others want to lose the cilantro.  But the majority of us like it just the way it is.

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