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Mojo Madness!

on July 1, 2012

Cilantro….while some people crave the fresh zesty taste of this herb, others actually conjure up flavors of soap and laundry! It’s probably one of the most polarizing foods I have come across as a chef. Personally, I love it in everything from pho to fish tacos. Even better? It’s a nutritional powerhouse, boasting high levels of vitamins A and K as well as a good source of minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium.

If you happen to love it as much as I do, try out my version of a mojo inspired yogurt sauce. I use this to add a zippy lime flavor to flank steak, shrimp or fish tacos, potato salad, chicken enchiladas, and even as a dip for plain ol’ tortilla chips!  This recipe became an instant hit in my house….needless to say, it usually doesn’t stick around for too long!

Creamy Mojo Sauce

1 bunch of fresh cilantro

1 garlic clove

1 T sherry vinegar

1/2 t cumin

1/4 t chili powder

Juice of 1 lime

1/4 c extra virgin olive oil

1/4 c plain, non-fat greek yogurt

Salt/Pepper to taste

Get out your food processor (or blender). Using a knife, scrape as many of the cilantro leaves off the stem as possible. Don’t worry about getting a few stems in there, you just want mostly leaves. Place cilantro leaves, garlic, vinegar, cumin, lime juice, salt and pepper into the processor and give it a good spin until pureed. Then, with the processor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Once its incorporated, stop and add yogurt. Give it a couple quick pulses and you are done!

Place in a conatiner and refrigerate until ready to use. It gets a little thicker as it chills and will last about a week!


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