One factor I like about my Venezuelan household is that regardless of how far aside we could also be, conversations about meals (on the WhatsApp household group chat) hold us certain collectively. One recipe that is still pinned to the chat always? My tía Lindy’s well-known guasacaca recipe.
What’s guasacaca, it’s possible you’ll be questioning? Consider it because the Venezuelan lovechild of guacamole and salsa verde. It’s vibrant inexperienced, extremely flavorful, and pairs nicely with nearly any recipe—suppose grilled hen, roasted veggies, and (swoon) homemade arepas. One of the best half: All you want is a blender to whip collectively this tasty and nutrient-rich dipping sauce.
Forward, uncover a number of the most conventional methods to eat guasacaca and ideas for making it final so long as potential when stowed away within the fridge.
In Peru, there’s ají verde, whereas in Argentina, there’s chimichurri—however ask Venezuelans (or Dominicans) what their favourite inexperienced sauce to dunk issues into is, they usually’ll greater than possible say it’s guasacaca, aka wasakaka.
Guasacaca is made within the blender from a medley of deliciously vibrant inexperienced veggies: avocado, inexperienced bell pepper, scallions, cilantro, jalapeño, parsley, and lime. However like most household recipes, you’ll uncover that how guasacaca is ready varies from family to family and relying on the place you go. Some people might embrace Worcestershire sauce for added umami, whereas others might pass over the avocado altogether (this can yield a much less viscous consistency).
To that finish, my household’s non-negotiables for making this recipe embrace avocado, garlic (the extra, the merrier IMO), scallions, cilantro, parsley, and lime. Nonetheless, for much more tanginess and zestiness, we additionally prefer to throw in some jalapeños for warmth and vinegar for acidity to stability the flavors, however each are optionally available.
That stated, if the entire above wasn’t sufficient of an excuse to provide this tasty sauce a attempt, do you know that one avocado is filled with 14 grams of fiber? (That’s about half of your really helpful each day consumption.) Plus, in the event you’re one of many fortunate ones that don’t suppose that cilantro tastes like a bar of cleaning soap, it’s time to load up as a result of analysis on the Blue Zones has proven that cilantro is a longevity-boosting herb because of quercetin, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant. I’m saying it loud and clear: It’s time to take the backseat, ketchup.
What’s the easiest way to eat guasacaca?
Like most condiments, guasacaca pairs nicely with no matter your coronary heart wishes and easily enhances what you’re consuming with its tongue-tingling flavors—which is why you need to use it as you’d guacamole, salsa verde, or hey, mustard for that matter. This sauce’s tangy and refreshing taste profile compliments richer proteins like grilled fish, meat, or poultry. It is also is a match made in heaven for milder-tasting dishes, like roasted veggies or perhaps a bowl of tortilla chips.
For a extra conventional Venezuelan strategy, my aunt Lindy recommends pairing guasacaca with grilled skirt steak and fried or boiled yuca batons, which she says is just “delicioso.” And this virtually goes with out saying, however you possibly can’t go incorrect with do-it-yourself arepas, vegan empanadas, or my private favourite, tequeños (Venezuelan breaded cheese sticks) slathered with a beneficiant quantity of contemporary guasacaca.
Tip for storing this sauce to final so long as potential
Based on my aunt Lindy, you possibly can retailer the sauce in a glass hermetic container for as much as every week. She additionally recommends including the pit of the avocado into the combination to assist scale back oxidation. (Though this can be extra of an ‘previous tias’ story.’) After I beforehand examined five ways to keep an avocado from turning brown, I discovered that the “pit technique” wasn’t as efficient as different strategies. However, hey, no matter works for you.
To that finish, crucial side of preserving this sauce (as efficiently as potential) is lowering the oxygen publicity that may react with the oxidation-prone avocados discovered within the combination. So, including a skinny layer of plastic wrap to cowl the floor and urgent it all the way down to take away any extra air earlier than sealing it off with the lid can work wonders in prolonging the freshness of this sauce. (And keep away from double-dipping in any respect prices, which might result in faster spoilage.)
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Venezuelan guasacaca recipe
Yields 4 servings
1 medium avocado
1 garlic clove (or extra to style)
1/2 inexperienced bell pepper, roughly chopped and seeds eliminated
1/4 scallions, roughly chopped
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 cup parsley
1/2 jalapeño pepper, optionally available
2 Tbsp rice vinegar, optionally available
Juice of a lime
Salt and pepper, to style
Impartial oil, to style
1. In a blender or meals processor, mix the entire components aside from the oil. Within the opening of the lid, slowly add the oil till the components are homogenous and emulsified. Add roughly liquid to achieve desired consistency.
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