Wednesday, June 24, 2009


So, about once a week / once every other week, I volunteer at a cooking school in my neighborhood. I assist the chef, help the novices, do minor clean-up stuff. Last night the class was "The Ultimate Burger" and these burgers were ultimately delicious. They were all accompanied with a special sauce, which elevated the burgers to a whole new level.

A spicy green sauce that accompanied the black bean burger is my new favorite discovery. It tasted amazing with the smokey adobo-flavored black beans, but you could also serve it on all kinds of dishes. I especially think it would be great on a flank-steak sandwich. Mmmm. The smooth sweetness of the honey, combined with the spicy bite of the jalapeno, fresh cilantro, with walnut to give it some body, makes for an interesting combo.

Recipe for Cilantro Sauce (courtesy of chef-instructor John Scoff):
  • One bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 2 jalapenos, stems removed, sliced into rounds (and, if you want to control the spiciness, scrape out and discard the seeds for less heat)
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 cup of canola oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Puree all of the above ingredients in the blender. Taste. Enjoy. Impress someone.

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