Before you start thinking this is some R-rated blog, we're talking something that can change everyday scrambled eggs to something that will knock your socks off: SAUCES.
Melissa and I joke about her love of the chipotle dipping sauce. I'm not gonna lie: that sauce on burgers, on eggs, breakfast egg muffins, tossed in with grilled veggies, dipping sweet potato spears in it, well it is an absolute favorite. Same thing is true for chimichurri. Dipping some regular old grilled chicken in that, or drizzling some as a salad dressing, or serving alongside a steak....DELISH!
Sauces are an absolute favorite of mine. Remoulade Sauce. Not Peanut Sauce. Tartar Sauce. Barbeque Sauce. All of these can and should be staples in your house!
HOWEVER, store bought sauces are not the same as you making your own. No, this is not a PSA for our cookbook, however, we do have a lot of sauces in there. Melissa Joulwan's new book Well Fed has some great sauces included. Bill & Haley's Make It Paleo includes some sauces. You can google "paleo barbeque sauce" and get some ideas. Don't let your basic grilled chicken be sad and lonely. Look up a sauce, make one, and serve it up!
Let's give you a few to try out:
1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, trimmed of thick stems
3-4 garlic cloves
2 Tbsps fresh oregano leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp red or white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco or other hot sauce
My instructions are to dump all into a food processor and process! However, others say to finely chop up the parsley, garlic, oregano, etc. Whatever! Serve immediately or refrigerate. If chilled, return to room temperature before serving.
CHIPOTLE DIPPING SAUCE:
1. Combine all ingredients in a mini-blender (like the Magic Bullet!) or food processor until mixed well.
2. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Variations - feel free to get all creative with this. Melissa sometimes uses orange juice instead of lime juice. Super tasty and slightly sweeter. Go heavier on the chipotles if you want it hotter, go with less if you want not as hot!
Ingredient Notes—Chipotles (smoked jalapeños) in adobo (sauce) are found in the Mexican section of most grocery stores and at any Mexican mercados I’ve been to. Just check the ingredients, as some use less-than-ideal oils and others actually contain wheat flour. La Morena is one brand we like.
What sauces do you love? Any condiments that are your paleo saving graces? Share some recipe love!