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01 February 2012

Mezcal Crema

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Can you guess what this is??
It might look a little like sour cream...
Or a yogurt mint sauce, perhaps??

Take a closer look...

Does the cilantro give it away a little??
...or perhaps the title?? :)

This is Mezcal Crema, a Mexican version of sour cream with a nice jolt and kick.   I've got to give credit to Alex -- he was the chef in the kitchen for this condiment and I loved it so much, I made him let me put the recipe here.  You are lucky!

It is a simple condiment, most of the flavor stemming from a tequila marinated jalapeno.  You simply finely dice a jalapeno and add enough tequila to cover (just a T or so) and let it soak overnight.  Throw the mixture in the blender with a little kosher salt and then mix with a traditional sour cream.


It isn't exactly what I was looking for with my spicy guacamole experiment, but it is quite close and is a fabulous addition to a spicy Mexican meal.  The cream is deceptive because it is soothing and cooling and then BAM hits you with a second note of heat and tequila.  So interesting....all in a little unassuming goblet.

Mezcal Crema

1 jalapeno -- finely diced
2 T Mezcal Tequila
1-2 Cups of Sour Cream (to taste)

If you like it hot, add less sour cream!!  For more authentic flavor, go for a Mexican Creme Fraiche and the true Mezcal Tequila.  In a pinch, go for good ole American sour cream and whatever tequila is on the shelf (if you don't drink, you could get a "nip" bottle...it would be plenty for this recipe!).  We made this quite mild for a recent family dinner, but tend to like it spicier!  Experiment and taste as you go!!


Inspire Me Heather Wednesday, February 01, 2012  

Oh there's the tequila again! This recipe looks good too, thanks Amy!

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