spicy avocado sauce
I love condiments. I do. Relish, hot sauce, smoky mayonnaise, pesto… I can’t get enough! Toppings make my world go round. So when I stopped at one of the many food carts pitched around the city which I should probably not eat from but do, kind of all the time …ahem… to shell out a buck for the most glorious meat+potato+plantain on a stick, I could not help but ask what the mysterious green substance was that the vendor squirted on my street-meat-stick. “¿Qué? ¿La salsa de aguacate?” (What, the avocado sauce?) “¡Ooh …más salsa de aguacate, por favor!” (Yum! More avocado sauce please!) Squirt squirt squirt.
This sauce was so good. It was basically an avocado mayonnaise that melted into the piping hot smoky meat and dripped down your chin in such a pleasant way. And then I got to thinking, this sauce would be so good on any number of things! Burgers, sausages, tacos, steak, you name it! And with a swift and decisive toss of my emptied skewer (which possibly missed the trash and had to be picked up by a sheepish me, momentarily shaken of confidence…) I had one sole purpose in mind. To reproduce this beauty in a squirt bottle.
So here’s my spin on a Quitoan street cart condiment. I added some heat, since Ecuadorian food typically veers away from spice, and left it somewhat thicker. I plan to make a runnier version later. Even bought a 40 cent squirt bottle for it! Cause aren’t squirt bottles just a lot of fun? Squirt squirt!
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tbs lemon juice
1 very ripe avocado
1 tsp hot sauce
water to thin
salt to taste
Add your egg yolk to a food processor. Gradually, drop by drop at first, add your vegetable oil and process until it starts to get thick. When you see it thickening, you can add your oil in faster until fully incorporated and has a thick, creamy texture. (Took me 5 mins approx.) Add your lemon juice and pulse to combine.
Now take your ripe avocado (should be quite soft to touch) and spoon into the processor with the mixture and your hot sauce. Process all together until avocado is blended smooth and combined with everything else.
The sauce may be rather thick, which is why we take some water and add it in order to thin the sauce out. Simply add as much water as you want to achieve your desired consistency and blend until combined.
Season with salt and spread all over your burger/hot dog/face.