Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Aji Sauce

Aji is a sauce from South America.  It's bright and very flavorful using fresh ingredients.  It's kind of like a salsa only not so tomatoe-y.  For a change of pace, you can use it any dish where you might use salsa or hot sauce.  It's got pretty strong flavor, so just keep that in mind that as it can overpower milder flavors.

Aji Sauce

2 Large  Jalapeño Chiles, Chopped Seeded  
2 Large  Serrano Chiles, Chopped Seeded  
4 Scallions, Chopped
1/2 Cup Sweet Onion, Chopped
1/3 Cup Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
1 1/2 Lime Juiced
3/4 Teaspoon Coarse Kosher Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Combine chiles, scallions, onion, and cilantro in processor; puree until paste forms, scraping down sides of bowl with rubber spatula several times. Add lime juice and process until mixture is blended but some texture still remains. Transfer to small bowl. Stir in 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and more lime juice to taste, if desired. 

You can make this up to one day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.

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