Can you handle the heat? I’d like to think that I can…on most occasions at least! I have always seemed to have a fondness for spicy food, which led me to create today’s Thai Chili Pepper Sauce.
Remember last week when I posed a question about Thai chiles? I had a bag of them from my local market that I was contemplating what to do with. After I threw a few diced Thai chiles into some stir fry and about burned Justin’s tastebuds off, I decided that I should maybe just keep the chiles to myself and create a condiment instead. Something I can use for my own purposes without scorching my poor husband’s mouth with capsaicin.
I’ve always wondered how hard it would be to make my own sriracha sauce. Me and the rooster bottle are seriously good friends. I put it in my ketchup, on my eggs, in stir fry, drizzled in soup. You name it…I like to add sriracha into it. I had a feeling that if I created my own spicy sauce it would taste even better than the prepackaged variety.
Now, the initial idea was to create a sriracha-like sauce. However, after adding some ingredients into my food processor, it was clear that I wasn’t going to make a replica. Instead, I decided to embrace the experiment and added a few things here and there until I ended up with a sauce that is spicy, sweet, and will definitely satisfy the spice lover. To me, it was a success. I was able to create a dish with another ingredient I hadn’t previously used in my kitchen, and I just might have to create some more spicy condiments by scratch in the future!
Have you ever made your own hot sauce?
- 35 Thai chiles (about 1 inch long each)
- 2 roasted red peppers
- 3 cloves garlic
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon fish sauce or 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup water
- First, cut the stems off of the Thai chiles and then slice the peppers in half. Add them to a food processor and blend.
- Add the remaining ingredients, then blend on high until completely incorporated and no large chunks are remaining.
- Scoop the puree into a small pot and simmer on the stove over medium heat until thickened, about 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour into a bottle or jar and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy the heat!