Creamy Green Chile and Avocado Sauce

When grilling a meal, chef Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie and Bar Annie in Houston threads ingredients for sauces onto skewers to cook alongside the meat. While the meat rests, he purees the sauce ingredients in a blender.

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  • Servings: Makes about 2 1/4 cups
KEY: Summer, Grilling/Barbecuing, Barbecue/Cookout, Game Day, Mexican, Southwestern/Tex-Mex, Dips & Spreads, Sauces & Condiments, Fast, Healthy, Make Ahead

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  • 1 firm Hass avocado—quartered, pitted and skin left on for grilling; remove skin when blending
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 2 tomatillos—husked, cored and halved
  • 4 peeled garlic cloves
  • 1 jalapeño—stemmed, seeded and quartered
  • 1 poblano chile—stemmed, seeded and quartered
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

How to make this recipe

  1. Thread the avocado, onion, tomatillos, garlic, jalapeño and chile onto skewers. Brush the kebabs with oil and grill over high heat, turning occasionally, until the vegetables are charred in spots, about 15 minutes; let cool slightly. Remove the ingredients from the skewers and transfer them to a blender.
  2. Add the cilantro, water, and lime juice. Puree until smooth and season with salt.

Make Ahead

The sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Serve With

Grilled chicken.

Contributed By Photo © Quentin Bacon Published June 2009

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