I dreamt up a wonderful quesadilla recipe the other day. It is filled with grilled veggies, avocado and cheddar cheese. The recipe seemed incomplete though… that is, until I had the idea of a tasty, creamy spread to pull all the flavors together. I absolutely love cilantro, and having a creamy spread infused with its flavor could be perfect in so many foods. Mayonnaise and plain yogurt (you could use sour cream) are the base, and a bit of jalapeno and a few dashes of seasonings, bring it all together fabulously. Use this as a salad dressing, a spread in sandwiches, on pizza, as a dip with vegetables or crackers, or whatever else you can think of. Add ideas in the comment section!
Creamy Cilantro Spread
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
- large handful of fresh cilantro
- dash or more of jalapeno sauce* or fresh jalapeno
- 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum**
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- pinch of cumin
- 1/8 tsp. onion powder
- 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
- In a small food processor, combine all ingredients. Blend until the cilantro has been processed so much that the spread is light green, with small specks of cilantro. Remove to a container and let sit for a few minutes to thicken.*
- Serve however you wish!
**Xanthan gum is used to thicken salad dressing (it is also used in gluten free baking). It is available in most grocery stores, and can commonly be found in small quantities, so you don't have to purchase more than you need. You might notice that blending/processing this causes it to thin a great deal. If you leave out the xanthan gum you simply will not have a thick spread. Using it is completely optional.