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Salsa Verde

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2 tbsp, salsa verde

  • Calories 10
  • Calories from Fat 0
  • Amount%DV
  • Total Fat 0g0%
  • Saturated Fat 0g0%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
  • Cholestreol 0mg0%
  • Sodium 310mg13%
  • Potassium 0mg0%
  • Total Carbohydrate 1g0%
  • Dietary Fiber 0g0%
  • Sugars 0g
  • Protein 0g0%
  • Calcium 0mg0%
  • Iron 0mg0%
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 0%

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Salsa Verde on Wikipedia:

Green besides Red Salsa Mexican Style

Green sauce is the name of several different sauces containing mainly herbs, namely the Italian salsa verde, the French sauce verte, and the German Grüne Soße or Frankfurter Grie Soß (Frankfurt dialect).



Possible herbal ingredients of Green Sauce

The basic recipe is probably from the Near East and, as such, is probably at least 2,000 years old. Roman legionaries brought it to Italy, from where it was exported to France and Germany.[citation needed] Evidence suggests that it was introduced in Frankfurt am Main by the Italian trading families Bolongaro and Crevenna around 1700. A possible origin of the German variant are French Protestant immigrants emigrating to Kurhessen in the 18th century. The German variant uses a different mix of herbs, since Mediterranean herbs were not available in Germany at the time.

Italian salsa verde

The Italian salsa verde is a cold rustic sauce, and includes parsley, vinegar, capers, garlic, onion, anchovies, olive oil, and possibly mustard. Traditionally, ingredients were coarsely chopped by hand but now it is frequently blended into a coarse sauce using a food processor. In some regions, cubed bread is soaked in vinegar and blended with the other ingredients, which creates an emulsion somewhat similar to a vinaigrette. In other regions, there is no bread. Salsa verde is used as a condiment or dipping sauce for meats, fish, poultry, or vegetables.

One well-known salsa verde is gremolata, the usual accompaniment to ossobuco alla milanese.

Argentinian Chimichurri

Main article: Chimichurri

Argentinian Chimichurri is a green sauce used in Argentina for roast meat and sausages. This receipe for Chimichurri has been widely used and adapted in certain parts of Latin America. The receipe can be found as far north as Nicaragua in Central America.

French sauce verte

The French sauce verte au pain was already known in the Renaissance, and was originally a bread sauce very similar to the Italian. Today, however, the term frequently refers to a kind of mayonnaise flavoured with tarragon, and sometimes parsley and sage. Lemon juice is often used instead of vinegar.

German Grüne Soße

Packages of herbs for „Frankfurter Grüne Soße“ sold on regional markets Monument for Green sauce in Frankfurt Oberrad

There are two traditional types of Hessian Green Sauce which are popular in the Frankfurt am Main and Kassel area. The Frankfurt-style is made from hard-boiled eggs, oil, vinegar, salt, and generous amount of seven fresh herbs, namely borage, sorrel, cress, chervil, chives, parsley, and salad burnet. Variants, often due to seasonal availability include dill, lovage, lemon balm and even spinach or basil. In more frugal times, daisy leaves, broad plantain leaves, and dandelion leaves were also used. Different to mayonnaise, cooked complete eggs are used together with sour cream as creamy base of the sauce. Some variations use buttermilk or quark, or yogurt. The green sauce of the city of Kassel is based on a combination of sour cream and Schmand.

The sauce is served with peeled boiled potatoes, accompanying either hard-boiled eggs or roasted beef brisket. Even cooked fish or roast beef are served together with the cold and refreshing sauce as main courses. Green sauce is as well served as a side dish to barbecue. The local speciality apple cider is a possible accompanying drink. Green sauce was supposedly Goethe's favourite meal; a legend that his mother invented it is likely apocryphal.

The local importance of the famous dish is shown by the abundance of green sauce on local markets and by the monument for green sauce installed in Frankfurt-Oberrad in 2007. The latter consists of seven small greenhouses with the main herbal ingredients and was part of the Luminale, a local art and light event.

Mexican and Mexican-American salsa verde

Green sauces are common in Mexican and Mexican-American cuisines. The basis of the green sauce (known as salsa verde) is typically pureed cooked or raw tomatillos, with chiles or jalapenos, white onion, cilantro, and sometimes lime added to taste. Salsa verde can range in spiciness from mild to mouth-searing. It may be warm, as in a chile verde, or cold, as a condiment. In Mexican-American cuisine, a green sauce is frequently used as a dip for tortilla chips and served with tacos, grilled pork, grilled meats and even fish. [1]

Notes and references

Footnotes ^ Traditional preparation of Mexican salsa verde