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Ninfa’s Green Sauce

tomatilloMost of my weekend – couldn’t get it out of my mind -was spent  thinking about the ‘good’ green sauce Ninfa’s served many years ago.  So… being a big recipe clipper when we lived in Houston – I just knew that recipe was buried somewhere amongst all my other recipes – the ones that got shuffled out to the red barn when I cleaned out the pantry a few months back.  After searching a couple of  boxes (big ones) and thumbing through a couple of 3-ring binders – Eureka!!  I found it.   In fact, I must have really loved that green sauce – I found 3 separate copies while on the hunt.  All cut from The Houston Chronicle.  When we lived in Houston every Thursday, Ann Criswell would print recipes – some were readers favorites, others by request but my all time favorites were  those elusive restaurant recipes.   You know the good stuff you love to eat but is kept a big secret.  I’ve got lots of those clipped and will be posting them off and on.  But for now the recipe for green sauce  follows for those that want a taste of the ‘old’ Ninfa’s.

You will need: 3 medium sized green tomatoes (coarsely chopped); 4 tomatillos (with husks); 1-2 jalapenos (stemmed and coarsely chopped); 3 small garlic cloves; 3 medium sized ripe avocados; 4 springs cilantro; 1 teaspoon salt; and 1-1/2 cups sour cream.  

Combine the tomatoes, tomatillos, jalapenos and garlic in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

Peel, pit and slice avocados, set aside.  Place tomato mixture, avocados, cilantro and salt in a food processor.  (May need to do this in batches depending on the size of your processor.)  Process until smooth.  Pour mixture into a large bowl.  Stir in sour cream, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.  Serve with chips.  Keep any leftovers refrigerated.    This recipe should make 4-5 cups.

Side note – handle the jalapenos carefully – they can really irritate skin and eyes.   And if you want to cut down on the heat a little – discard the seeds along with the stems.

2 comments to Ninfa’s Green Sauce

  • Mina

    Thank you, thank you! Loved this sauce,too and miss Ninfa’s Restaurant in Clearwater FL. Blessings to you. Mina

  • janmon

    Hey Mina!

    Wow – didn’t know there were Ninfa’s restaurants in Florida! I found a marinade for the fajitas and will have it up shortly- Thanks, J