Tuesday, September 15

Hot! Sauce

Since I have a garden full of habaneros, I decided to put those peppers to good use by making my own hot sauce. I found this recipe recently  but modified it a little bit. I've been putting it on absolutely everything.
1-1/2 pounds tomatoes
1-1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 small white onion, thinly sliced
4 habaneros, roasted
6-8 cloves garlic, sliced
a handful of cilantro
salt to taste
white vinegar, to thin out sauce
sugar to balance vinegar, if needed

1. Roast tomatoes and habaneros for about an hour at 300°F. Cut tops and bottoms off first to make peeling easier.
2. When tomatoes cool, peel skin and discard. Keep all the juices, the juicier the tomatoes, the better it tastes. Set aside.
3. Heat oil in sauce pan and sauté onion and garlic until it browns, about 8 minutes. The house will smell delicious. 
4. Stir in tomatoes and habaneros. Simmer for about 15 minutes until it reduces. Taste and season with salt.

5. Dump the whole mixture in a blender (or food processor), add cilantro and blend it into a liquid. It's a bit thick so I add vinegar at this point and keep blending. Then I add sugar to cut some of the acidity, and more salt if needed.
6. It's really hot (temperature and spice) at first, then as it cools, it mellows. After a day or so, it became super hot again. Adjust the number of peppers depending on how hot you like it. And of course, you can use any kind of hot pepper.

Enjoy! And if you make it, let me know how it turns out.

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