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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cilantro Sauce

This is a great sauce for meat or any kind of kebab. It has so much flavor. It is also sometimes referred to as coriander sauce, but coriander is the seed of the cilantro plant. This sauce is made with cilantro leaves so I call it cilantro sauce.
It tastes great room temperature or cold.

You will need a blender or food processor.

Ingredients:

1 cup of stemmed loosely packed cilantro leaves( If you buy it, 1 bunch should do)
3 cloves of peeled garlic( In a pinch, 3 teaspoons garlic powder will work)
1 hot pepper like jalapeno or serrano, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1/3 cup lemon juice OR white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 to 4 Tablespoons water

Stick the cilantro, garlic, pepper, walnuts, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cumin into the bowl of blender or food processor.
Turn it on and get the mixture as much into a paste as you can.
You probably won't get it completely smooth and you may need to stop and scrape the sides a few times.
Take the mixture out and put into a jar and add a couple tablespoons water. Stir well. If it is the thickness you want, good. If you want it a bit more pourable, add another tablespoon or two.
Taste and season with more salt if needed.

This is very intensely flavored! So much that it may surprise you.
You might call it tart.

This makes about a cup.

Serve within 4 hours of making and refrigerate any leftovers.

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32 comments:

  1. yum! this looks scrumptious. in fact, must've been a coincidence that i see this post since we just picked up some cilantro for a certain dish. we always end up throwing out the rest of it! just stoppin' by via the a to z challenge. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you won't have to throw it away.

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  2. Delicious. I can't cook without coriander ;)

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  3. I grow Cilantro in my garden--so I'm book marking this post so I can come back and make this recipe this summer!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    Cheers, Jenn
    http://www.wine-n-chat.com

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    1. I grow it too. You are welcome. I hope you like it.

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  4. I can see your A-Z is going to make me hungry, very hungry!

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    1. As well as give you some good ideas, I hope.

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  5. This sounds yummy - so fitting!
    Karen

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  6. Ooh, I love cilantro. And it's very good for you. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. You're right, it is pretty healthy. Enjoy!

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  7. Wow. I want to try this. I think I've seen something like this on Food Network during Guy Fieri's DDD program. It was used as a marinade for pork chop and then grilled. Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    A Ladybug's Life

    Sonnia

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    1. I watch that show sometimes. I don't remember that one though. I love marinades.

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  8. i can't believe i have never tried this--sounds good!

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  9. Yum! I LOVE cilantro -- and coriander too. I had no idea they were related, though, until a cousin of mine who's a professional chef came to visit me and asked for coriander while cooking some absurdly delicious thing. He meant what I thought of as cilantro. A heated debate and a google search later and we had your explanation, thought from a different source that did not have nearly so tasty a recipe attached!

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    1. If you ever try growing your own cilantro and it flowers, you will end up with a lot of coriander seeds. Two different tastes from one plant is amazing.

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  10. Super excited to follow this blog, although everything looks so funny, I'm afraid it is going to make me fat!LOL

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    1. Shay, it is all in moderation. :)

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    1. I have never tried it on fish. I think it would work well with catfish or another stronger tasting fish. I think the sauce might overwhelm the milder tasting types of fish.

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  12. This sounds great! Can't wait to try.

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  13. sounds super yummy! I usually just use some chopped cilantro as garnish, this will add a whole bunch more flavor, a sort of cilantro pesto. Thank you!

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    1. It would be similar to that, yes.

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  14. This sounds delish, but am wondering if I can substitute cilantro for another herb? I react to cilantro in a crazy way, get a wee wacky and then crash. Not all a bad thing! Love your recipes here and nice to meet up on the A to Z!

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    1. About the closest you could come would be flat leaf parsley. And maybe add a tiny bit more lemon juice.
      Thank you.

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  15. MMMmm, I love recipe blogs. I'm always looking for recipe ideas to serve my family. This one comes just in time for grilling season.

    Stopping in via the A-Z blogging challenge and decided to follow.

    Bev @ Blue Velvet Vincent

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    1. Thank you. If you look through the older recipes, you might find a few marinades or rubs that are great for grilling.

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  16. Stopping by from the A to Z challenge! I'm just starting to experiment with sauces, this sounds great! You had me convinced at Kabob LOL!!

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  17. Hi,mommasmeals. Thank you. I hope you enjoy it!

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