Welcome to the single most popular article on Nail Travels. Why? Because Nicaraguan Jalapeno Cream Sauce is the business, that’s why. Today, I had it on pork and avocado breakfast tacos. Seek and ye shall find. Welcome to one of your top ten sauces…..ever.
The next time you find yourself in the colonial city of Granada, on the northern shore of Lake Nicaragua, be sure to find a restaurant that serves grilled steak covered in jalapeno cream sauce. Nicaraguan restaurants serve jalapeno sauce with almost everything but the steak in Granada is particularly savory.
There are many different jalapeno cream sauce recipes and they are all similar. Some use a base of sour cream while others use heavy cream or milk. All the recipes I found used jalapenos and nothing else but spices. I have made some additions that I think will serve as improvements.
Nicaraguan Jalapeno Cream Sauce
2 T oil
1 cup diced jalapenos (6-8 jalapenos)
1/4 cup diced onions (half of a small/medium onion)
1 T minced garlic
16 oz Mexican style table cream
dash hot sauce
1 t salt
1 t black pepper
1 t white pepper
Heat oil in skillet on medium heat. Saute vegetables in oil until tender (about five minutes). Add spices and stir. Add cream and simmer for fifteen minutes. Ready to serve!
Jalapeno cream sauce is perfect to serve with any of these tasty recipes:
baked Chilean sea bass
grilled rib eye
Corn meal waffles with poblano peppers
Pantacones con frijoles negros
Cheeseburgers (god yes!)
Editors note: When traveling in Granada, be sure to check out the mercado. Most towns have an outdoor market where goods are bought and sold but the one in Granada is a serious adventure. It covers several square blocks and, at times, seems to devolve into a series of uneven catacombs. There are sections where seafood such as crab and fish can be purchased, or others where rice can be bought by the hundred pound pound bag. It’s a fine place to enjoy a butter crepe covered in sugar or a bag of coke with a straw.