Salsa Lizano is a Costa Rican favourite. Developed in 1920 by the Lizano Company, it is a thin, smooth, light brown sauce (akin to such condiments as HP Sauce).
Ideal to be used while cooking or at tableside to flavour one's food when serving. It is slightly sweet with a hint of spiciness lent by black pepper and cumin.
The ingredients include water, sugar, salt, vegetables (onions, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers), spices, pepper, mustard, and turmeric. Many Costa Rican dishes are prepared with Salsa Lizano, and it is ubiquitous on restaurant tables in its country of origin.
It is commonly used with gallo pinto and tamales, and is also considered particularly complementary with eggs, rice, beans, fish, cheese, curries, and as a marinade for meat.
Ingredients: Water, Sugar, Salt, Vegetables, (Onions, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cucumbers), Spices, Acetic Acid, Pepper, modified corn starch Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Tumeric.
Traditional Costa Rican Gallo Pinto Recipe
2 cups cooked white short grain rice
1 cup cooked red beans
1/2 cup Salsa Lizano
1/2 cup diced red capsicum
1/2 cup diced white onion
1/2 tablespoon finely diced garlic
1/3 cup chopped fresh coriander
. Saute onions, pepper, garlic in a large pan until onion is softened.
. Add cooked beans and Salsa Lizano and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
. Stir in cooked rice and simmer on very low heat for around 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until all excess liquid is absorbed
. Fold in the fresh coriander and serve warm.