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peruvian salsa criollo recipe?

dknywbg Jan 14, 2005 09:16 PM

One of our favorite appetizers at the local Peruvian steak house is a chicken tamal topped with salsa criollo. I'd love to serve that salsa at home--it's fabulous and it looks like it's really simple. Tonight I asked the waiter what's in it, and he said it's Bermuda onions, cilantro, olive oil, vinegar, lemon & lime juice, and salt & pepper. I'm tempted to just wing it but I'd love to find an actual recipe--does anyone have one?

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    King of Northern Blvd RE: dknywbg Jan 15, 2005 12:27 AM

    I say just wing it....you really can't go wrong and easily fixable if you do....

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      butterfly RE: dknywbg Jan 15, 2005 03:21 AM

      Try searching under "salsa criolla" (have to make the gender of the noun and adjective agree in Spanish). There are lots of recipes online.

      Link: http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22s...

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      1. re: butterfly
        dknywbg RE: butterfly Jan 15, 2005 11:32 AM

        That's what's so strange--most of the search results that come up are for restaurant menus, not recipes. The handful that I found don't sound like what we ate last night. I cobbled together this from a couple different sources:

        1 large red onion, sliced thin
        4 T. fresh lime juice
        ΒΌ t. white vinegar
        1 t. olive oil
        2 t. chopped fresh cilantro
        sea salt

        Put the onion in a sieve and pour boiling water over it to soften (it still retains some crunch). Mix all ingredients together and serve immediately.

        It sounds pretty close, so I'll give it a shot and report back!

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        Neta RE: dknywbg Jan 15, 2005 02:25 PM

        Here's a recipe from Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz's "Book of Latin American Cooking." It states the origin is Argetinian and not Peruvian. I don't know if they differ but this give ingredient amounts.

        1 tablespoon hot paprika or cayenne papper
        1/2 Tbsp dry mustard
        1/2 cup red wine vinegar
        1/2 cup olive oil
        salt and pepper to taste
        2 green bell peppers, seeded and finely chopped
        1 medium onion, finely chopped
        3 medium tomatoes, chopped
        Mix the paprika or cayenne and mustard to a paste with a little of the vinegar, then stir in the rest of the vinegar. Beat in the oil. Season to taste with salt and a generous amount of freshly ground pepper. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to mix. the sauce has a lot of liquid. The solids should float in the bowl, so add a little more oil and vinegar if necessary. This is very hot.

        I hope this is close to what you are looking for.

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