This is the perfect recipe if you're an avocado lover, a very exquisite sauce with unparalleled creaminess. It's straightforward to make, quick, and is perfect for pairing with empanadas or to use as a kind of dip for toasted plantains, fried cassava, patacones (fried plantains), or french fries. In essence, this sauce can pair with numerous recipes, enhancing their delightful flavors.
One of my recommendations when making this wonderful avocado sauce is to use heavy cream or mayonnaise. This helps prevent the avocado from oxidizing and the sauce from turning dark. Many people just add lemon juice, but it's not enough to prevent total oxidation. This is a little trick I learned in gastronomy classes that has worked very well for me. These ingredients also add creaminess to our sauce.
The preparation of avocado sauce is very similar to guacamole. However, for this recipe, all our ingredients go directly into the blender. The result is ultra-creamy, without any chunky ingredients, and the taste, while somewhat similar to guacamole, doesn't include any spicy elements to differentiate our sauce from guacamole.
I want to clarify that if you wish to add chili, pepper, or any spicy sauce, you can do so without any problem; it won't alter the flavors.
I hope you try this at home and enjoy it as much as I do. Let's cook.
Can I replace lemon juice with vinegar?
Yes, you can replace lemon juice with vinegar, but bear in mind it will slightly alter the sauce's taste. Lemon provides a fresh, citrusy acidity that balances the creamy taste of the avocado, whereas vinegar might be a bit stronger. If you decide to use vinegar, start by adding it gradually, tasting until you reach the desired acidity level.
Is it essential to add mayonnaise to the sauce?
Mayonnaise adds creaminess and richness to the avocado sauce. Still, if you'd like a lighter or vegan option, you can omit it or replace it with natural yogurt or almond cream.
How do I know if the avocado is ripe?
A ripe avocado has dark skin and gives slightly when pressed gently. If it's too soft to touch, it might be overripe and not suitable for the sauce. Avoid using avocados with dark spots in the flesh.
How long can I store it in the fridge?
Due to the high avocado content, which tends to oxidize, it's best to consume the sauce within 1-2 days. Store in an airtight container, placing a layer of plastic wrap directly on the sauce to minimize air exposure and slow down oxidation.
Can I add other ingredients for more flavor or texture?
Absolutely! You can incorporate ingredients like garlic, chopped tomato, corn, or grated cheese to vary the flavor and texture. Experiment based on your preferences.
- Avocados: Choose ripe but not overripe avocados. A perfectly ripe avocado is crucial for the right texture and taste.
- Oxidation: To prevent the sauce from oxidizing quickly, add an avocado pit when storing; this helps retain the bright green color.
- Cilantro: If you prefer a milder taste, you can reduce the cilantro amount or substitute it with parsley.
- Too Liquid: If your sauce ends up too thin, the avocados might have been too ripe, or you added too much lemon juice or oil. Next time, add liquids gradually while blending.
- Strong Onion Flavor: If the onion taste is too dominant, make sure to use only ½ an onion and ensure it's finely chopped before adding to the blender.
- Quick Oxidation: Avocado oxidizes fast once cut. If you're not consuming the entire sauce right away, follow the above storage tips.
- Arepa with Egg: A Colombian delight that pairs wonderfully with the avocado sauce. The creamy texture complements the savory taste of the arepa and egg.
- Meat or Chicken Empanadas: These fried or baked turnovers taste even better when paired with this creamy sauce.
- Patacones or Tostones: These fried green plantains are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, perfect for dipping in the avocado sauce.
Traditional Colombian dishes, with their rich and varied flavors, are further enhanced by the freshness and creaminess of the avocado sauce. Enjoy!
We also recommend trying: cheese sauce, plantain and bacon balls, or sweet corn arepas.
- 2 ripe avocados.
- 3 tablespoons of oil.
- 4 tablespoons of lemon juice.
- ½ cup of mayonnaise.
- ½ onion.
- 2 tablespoons of cilantro.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Chili hot sauce (optional)
- Peel the avocados and remove the pit. Chop them and place in the blender with the oil and lemon juice. Blend.
- Add the mayonnaise, onion, salt, pepper, and hot sauce if you're using it. Blend again.
- Add the chopped cilantro and blend a bit more. And you're done.