Saturday, December 27, 2008

Homemade Hot Sauce

See those little seeds of fire??? He really, really liked it!

About a week before Christmas I saw this recipe on To Market, To Market with San Diego Foodstuff. I immediately decided that this was what I was going to make for T. for his Christmas gift. We had decided not to exchange presents this year but this didn't really count...

I searched all over town for the correct pepper's. I was suppose to have Chili Arbols but I could not find them anywhere so I decided that I would just make this with some dried habaneros that I was able to find. Now get this...on the day I was planning to make them I got a wonderful gift box in the mail from my friend Jerry over at Cooking...by the seat of my Pants. It was filled with all sorts of wonderful things and imagine my surprise to find a small bag filled with about 1.5 ounces of dried chili arbols!!!! Sorry Jerry, the salsa recipe sounded great but I NEEDED these!

The only change I did make to this was to add 1/2 ounce of dried habaneros. T. likes REALLY, REALLY hot stuff.

He tasted it Christmas morning and deemed it better than any of the 20 or so bottles that we have on hand. He said that the balance was perfect and he wouldn't change a thing! I have to take his word for as there was no way I was tasting it after almost being overcome by the fumes!!! LOL!!!

Consuelo’s Hot Sauce (taken from Caron's Blog at To Market, To Market...)

1 2oz.-pkg of chiles de arbol

3-5 cloves of garlic

2 tsp. salt

½ tsp. ground black pepper

¾ cup distilled white vinegar

Water (I would save the water that the chili's were rehydrated in next time)


1. Remove stems from chiles and place the chiles in a saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes or until the chiles are very soft.

2. Remove the chiles from saucepan and place in blender or food processor. Let them cool.

3. Add garlic, salt, pepper and about ¼ cup of water and puree.

4. Add vinegar and blend.

I will be making this again and if you like hot sauce at all this is a good recipe. I may try and make on that is a little less spicy for myself!!!

As Always...

Happy Entertaining!!!

Judy
www.nofearentertaining.com

19 comments:

SteamyKitchen said...

omg - my eyes are burning all the way over here! spicylicious!

Peter M said...

Now I know what to do with those empty maple syrup bottles!

Habaneros and Scotch Bonnets are nuclear but I love hot sauce and homemade's always best.

Hornsfan said...

Great gift idea - very cool!

Bellini Valli said...

I can just see T in a "man" contest with my friends to see who can survive the hottest...the eyes say it all:D

Sara said...

Homemade hot sauce sounds like a fun thing to make. Hope you had a good holiday!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Hey Jaden-definitely eye burning!!! He loves it!

Hey Peter-There you go. I didn't even think of that...I went and bought it!

Hi Hornsfan-It was a great gift!

Hey Val-He doesn't even sweat at all anymore!!!

Hi Sara-It was fun to make. I had a wonderful holiday! Hope your's was great too!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Looks awesome Judy! I am sure it was one of the best gifts T ever got! Something homemade is always the best.

Elle said...

I can't believe how easy it is to make hot sauce--who knew? Ir looks spiiiicy and delicious!

Kevin said...

Making your own hot sauce sounds good!

Brittany said...

Thanks for finding that site, it was a hit on Christmas morning!

Jo said...

Oh yummy. This sauce sounds like something I'd use as a BBQ marinade on chicken wings.

Bren said...

looks way better than the one I bought fresh in St. Maarten. And good for you for deciding not to exchange gifts. We didn't either and I'm sooo glad!

Happy Holiday honey girl!

Jo said...

oh wow does that sound yummy! :)

The Veggie Queen said...

I make my own hot sauce from a blend of fresh chilies that I get in September and October. Doing it from dried would be even easier. Good thing that I've had the dehydrator going for a couple of months. Have bags of dried chilies that I can use now, although I must have a dozen or more bottles of sauce already. Maybe they'll make good Valentine's Day gifts.

Preston said...

I've always wanted to make homemade hot sauce. What a great recipe! Thanks...

gaga said...

I love the idea of controlling the heat your own hot sauce! I have GOT to try this some time. Yum!

Dharm said...

Dear, dear Judy! That hot sauce looks just like something that I would love to have! Superb!

Rico said...

I am impressed the hotter the better....what is the shelf live though

Mau Mau said...

I added a couple of dried california chiles and a little lime juice. I then replaced the distilled vinegar with an orange muscat champagne vinegar. awesome recipe! Thanks.