My 6 year old daughter and I were making up Chicken Chilli soup the other night, driving to town to grab some dressing from the restaurant was out of the not really an option, however I did not have any tomatillos. For years we have made other peoples versions of "Mock Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Dressing" and I while it was not exactly like cafe rio it mostly hit the spot for our cravings.
Oh the Rio craving!
So back on topic - we decided to wing it, we were just going to make up our own dressing, with no hopes of it actually tasting like it. Ironically I think this is the closest mock version I have ever had.
Is is possible that all this time Cafe Rio has convinced us this is a tomatillos dressing ... with no tomatillos? perhaps we will never know. Just know this that this dressing is alot more convenient to make without those little husky green balls and tastes just as good if not better than any mock dressing.
Serve on salads, as a dip.. or on Soup (see the southwestern chicken chilli recipe)
"This Aint No Tomatillo Cafe Rio Dressing"
2 cups sour cream
1 package Ranch Dip Seasoning
2 Jalapenos (1 deseeded and deveined, the other whole)
1/2 bunch cilantro(coriander)
2 TBSP milk
1 tsp salt
2 shakes of pepper
In a medium size bowl combine sour cream, ranch dip mix.
Zest both limes, and add the zest plus juice from 1 of the limes to the bowl. mix well. (put remaining zested lime aside in case you need it later)
Chop cilantro and jalapeno. Add it to bowl. Use an immersion blender to puree all ingredients together.( - note.. if you don't have one of these handy kitchen utensils, ask santa for one. Meanwhile put the cilantro, jalapeno in a blender and blend as smooth as possible, then add remaining ingredients)
Add milk, salt and pepper and puree more until smooth.
Taste for correct seasoning and add more milk if you desire a runnier dressing.
whualla... no tomatillos required!