Hi all! I’ve been doing a lot of finger foods lately: sauces to dip things in, sambusek, mezze, etc. Something about this time of year maybe? Or just that I’ve been working lots of nights which tends to leave me a little queasy and not that hungry for more than little snacks at a time – unless its something REALLY delicious. I came across this recipe on Tasting Table, an e-mail I get regularly that has among other things, recipes from sous-chefs at renowned restaurants across the country. This one really caught my eye – its not something I’d ever really thought of making, but it seemed so simple and oh, that creamy orange color just looked so delicious! I made a few small adjustments, but for the most part I must thank Jose Enrique from San Juan, Puerto Rico for this one. You can of course adjust the heat by adding or subtracting Habaneros. I did it just like is written below and it was spicy after a few seconds, then faded out slowly without ever making you break a sweat. (So next time I think I’ll add more hot peppers.) Goes well with eggs, beans, sandwiches, tacos of all kinds, and just for dipping toasted bits of baguette. Enjoy!
Ingredients (makes ~2-3 cups)
- 1/2 large yellow onion cut into chunks
- 1 medium-sized vine tomato, cored and diced
- 1/2 red bell pepper diced
- 1/2 Anaheim pepper (or substitute another sweet pepper) diced
- 3 Habaneros – cut off the stem but otherwise leave whole (with seeds)
- 4 Jalapenos – cut off the stem but otherwise leave whole as well
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
- ~2.5 cups EVOO – enough to just cover the ingredients
- Salt to taste
- Throw everything into a heavy-bottomed Le Creuset-type pot on medium heat
- Simmer uncovered for 4 hours – there should be small bubbles coming up occasionally, but it should not get to a rolling boil. Everything should begin to brown on the surface as you get towards 4 hours.
- Let cool.
- Get the veggies out with a strainer, reserving the oil in the pot. Put the veggies in a food processor. If you have a Vitamix, that would probably yield ideal smoothness. If you have an immersion blender that is not totally dull and useless at this point as mine is, that would work too!
- Blend the veggies until smooth. Depending on what consistency you want, add more oil. I ended up adding back probably a half cup or so of what had been strained out. You can also take out a Habanero or two before you puree, see how hot the sauce is, and add the reserved ones back to adjust.
- Add salt to taste.
- Keep the cooking oil! It has lots of flavor and is nice and spicy.
This will be a fun one to play around with in the future with proportions and other ingredients! If anyone makes it, post your adjustments and let us know how it turns out!