Salsa De Ají - Peruvian Spicy Condiment
3 whole ají amarillo* (can use fresh jalapeños instead)
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped, use stems
3 tablespoons water
* found in specialty stores, jarred, frozen or dried
Add half of the chopped cilantro (TIP: the stems are the best part!) to the blender with 1-2 tablespoons of water (TIP: use water heated from the pan to get more flavor). Slowly blend cilantro into the pepper mixture. As the mixture becomes a paste, add more cilantro and 1-2 tablespoons more water only if needed. Do not over dilute, you will be adding oil and lemon juice later.