Aji Verde


Another cooking blog posted a recipe for a Peruvian Green Sauce and for grilled chicken skewers to go with it.  We had leftover chicken from an evening at a state park, so I only had to prepare one of the recipes.

My husband wasn’t excited about my blending together ingredients for a different green sauce. He was more than content with the Mexican version made with tomatillo. However, the idea of a pesto-like green sauce fascinated me. Would basil and cilantro work well with parmesean and jalapeno?

Yes! Especially if you have some blandish chicken to dress up with a kicking hot sauce. And after a quick taste test, my husband agrees.

As always, I changed a few ingredients.

Aji Verde


1 large jalapeno
1  medium-sized bunch of cilantro
¼ cup fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon honey
1 T minced or chopped garlic
1 olive oil
juice of one fresh lime

½ cup mayonnaise

Puree all of the ingredients except the mayonnaise in a blender. Add the mayonnaise and run it again until the mixture is evenly combined.



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