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Creamy Jalapeño Sauce


I love a little saucy heat alongside the Potato Leek Pie (recipe in the cookbook). A great balance is essential in terms of a satisfying mouthful. Here is a simple sauce to put together as the pie bakes. This would also be delicious as a gnocchi sauce.


Prepare the Creamy Jalapeño Sauce

Makes about 1 cup

1. Blister the jalapeños in a small, dry skillet (I usually use a cast-iron pan) over medium-high heat, making sure you flip them occasionally for a relatively even blister, five to seven minutes. Cut off and discard the stems. Transfer the chiles to a blender jar.
2. Sprinkle the cumin seeds into the hot pan and allow them to toast until they smell nutty, barely five seconds. Add them to the chiles. Pour in the cream and add the tomato and salt.
3. Puree the medley into a smooth sauce, scraping the inside of the jar if needed to ensure an even blend.


Excerpted from Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked—and Fried, Too! by Raghavan Iyer (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2016.

Photograph by Jenna Grunfeld for Kosher.com.