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Serves : Makes about 1 cup

How to Make It

Step 1    

Soak the chiles in 1 cup of hot water until softened, about 20 minutes. Drain and finely chop to a paste-like consistency.

Step 2    

In a small saucepan, combine the chiles with the cream and bring to a slow simmer over moderate heat, whisking. Remove from the heat and let steep for 5 minutes.

Step 3    

Simmer the sauce over low heat, whisking constantly, until it is the consistency of light cream, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and cayenne; serve with lime wedges.

Serve With

Chicken, red meat or full-flavored fish.

Suggested Pairing

The tart spiciness of the sauce calls for the intense fruitiness of a Zinfandel, such as the Cline Zinfandel, from California.

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