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Venezuelan Guasacaca Sauce

Venezuelan Guasacaca Sauce

Try this super yummy Venezuelan sauce called Guasacaca!!!  I first experienced Guasacaca in this amazing restaurant in Lima called Merito.  I’m not sure I exactly achieved the exact same results as what I had for dinner at the restaurant, but this recipe still tastes delicious.  It has a flavor very similar to Chimichurri sauce, but the addition of the avocado makes it much creamier in texture.

You can use it with just about anything as a dipping or drizzling sauce.  It makes a great accompaniment to Venezuelan arepas.  For me, I particularly enjoy it with yucca fries or yucca arepas!!

The Recipe

Guasacaca Sauce

Creamy avocado sauce flavored with cilantro, garlic and parsley. A great dipping sauce for just about anything.
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Course: Appetizer, Sauce, Snack
Cuisine: Latin American
Keyword: avocado, dipping sauce, venezuelan food
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lyn Croyle

Ingredients

  • One ripe Haas avocados seeded and roughly diced
  • 1/2 small onion quartered
  • 1/2 small green bell pepper stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 3 medium cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup packed roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 T packed roughly chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 3 T white vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 3 T olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients except olive oil in a blender or food processor.  Pulse to chop ingredients.
    Ingredients for the guasacaca sauce are in the food processor.
  • Slowly add the olive oil as the blender or processor is running. 
    Sauce is in blender, slowly add olive oil while machine is blending.
  • Blend until creamy and smooth.

Notes

**Recipe makes about 8 1/4 cup servings.

Making your own Guasacaca

Of course, this Guasacaca is perfect just the way it is.  I like the brightness and freshness that it brings to whatever food you pair  with it.  It has the flavors of cilantro, parsley, garlic and vinegar.

Spice it up!!!

Sometimes, I want a bit of spiciness to my guasacaca sauce.  When I do, I simply mix in a spicy pepper such as a jalapeno.

More cilantro flavor and thinner sauce!!!

Also, if you really want the flavor of the cilantro, parsley and garlic to shine through in the guasacaca sauce, your best bet is to decrease the avocado by half.  It will make slightly less sauce but will also be thinner and the flavor of the herbs will shine through more.

Make up a batch of this sauce and try out your hand at making Venezuelan arepas!!

Learning to Make Venezuelan Arepas

Here are some of my other FAVORITE sauces you can make to add punch to your food!!

Enjoy the flavors of Tahini Garlic Sauce

 

Carrot Ginger Miso Sauce

 



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