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Category: Sauces and condiments

Italian salsa verde

Italian salsa verde
Los Angeles Times

Barbecue sauce may be the most abused foodstuff in the American pantry. In its natural state--whether made at home or a good commercial brand--a good sauce is glorious, fiery and tart and just the thing to balance the rich smokiness ... Read more

Total time: 20 minutes | Makes about 1/2 cup
Note: Salsa verde is based on parsley, but it's the additional herbs that provide the subtle shifts in character. Use the suggested herbs according to your taste and the type of meat with which it will be served.
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt
  • 2 fileted anchovies (preferably salt-packed)
  • 1 teaspoon minced green onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped herbs (basil, tarragon, arugula, mint)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons capers in brine
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Step 1Place the garlic in a mortar with a pinch of salt and pound it to a paste. Add the anchovies and repeat. Add the onion, parsley, herbs, vinegar, capers and 1 tablespoon of oil and pound and grind until the paste is smooth. Stirring and grinding with the pestle, add the olive oil in 2 or 3 pours, making sure the sauce is well blended before adding more. Taste for salt and serve.

Variations

Food processor or blender: With the machine running, drop the garlic into the feed tube and run until it is finely chopped. Add the anchovies, onion, parsley, herbs, vinegar, capers and half the oil and pulse until pureed. With the machine running, add the remainder of the oil in a steady stream through the feed tube. Scrape down the sides of the work bowl as needed. Taste for salt and serve.

Each tablespoon:
125 calories; 94 mg sodium; 1 mg cholesterol; 14 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 1 gram carbohydrates; 1 gram protein; 0.24 gram fiber.
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