Last Friday my office was treated to lunch from the Tuscaloosa restaurant, Desperados Steakhouse (menu), which included a fresh green salad, grilled chicken sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, and brownie bites. What caught my eye and what took the grilled chicken sandwiches to the level of delicious was the bright green and inviting jalapeno mayonnaise.
Let's face it. Grilled chicken can be b-o-r-i-n-g. This spicy mayonnaise made a regular grilled chicken sandwich "look like it's got a party dress on - but it's not wearing uncomfortable shoes" (to paraphrase Nigella Lawson and my favorite 'foodie' quote).
I couldn't wait to try it at home. I searched recipes and decided to go with what I had available in the fridge. If your jalapeno pepper turns out to have less heat that you want, the addition of scallions, extra white or black pepper or even a couple of dashes of hot sauce could help.
1 cup good mayonnaise
2 Tbsp sour cream
2 tsp chopped jalapenos (I removed the seeds but this could help increase the heat.)
¼ heaping cup minced fresh cilantro
2 tsp cider vinegar
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Blend ingredients until smooth. Season to taste.