Habanero Hot Sauce
Recipe from Season 5 of “Mexico--One Plate at a Time” with a few modifications.
3 - 5 cloves garlic, unpeeled.
½ cup peeled, roughly chopped carrot.
½ cup roughly chopped white onion.
12 medium orange habanero chiles, stemmed.
1 cup apple cider vinegar (I omit the vinegar and replace it with an additional ½ cup of water because I hate vinegary sauces).
2 teaspoons salt depending on your taste.
¼ teaspoon sugar again, depending on your taste.
Roast the garlic in a skillet over medium heat, turning regularly until soft and blackened in spots, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and peel. Alternately, if you’re grilling or barbequing before or while making this sauce, just wrap the cloves in foil and toss them into the coals for a few minutes. It really brings out the flavor. Again, cool and peel.
In a small saucepan, combine the carrot, onion and habanero chiles with the vinegar and 1 cup water (or the 1½ cups water if you hate vinegar). Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes or until the carrots are almost mushy. If you don’t want to burn out the eyes, sinuses and lungs of yourself and your family, I suggest doing this outside on the grill. The fumes are nearly lethal. When I walked into the kitchen in the midst of this process I felt I’d been hit with mace or, more accurately, pepper-spray. Start a chimney of charcoal and put your ingredients in a cast iron or aluminum pot over the coals. Again, if you love your family, cook this sauce away from them.
After the carrots are tender, pour everything (remaining water included) into a blender jar and add the roasted garlic, salt and sugar to the mix. Blend until smooth. Thin with a little additional water if you think your hot-sauce is too thick. Taste your sauce and season with additional salt or sugar if you think it necessary. Pour into jars or bottles and store in the refrigerator (or freezer depending on how much you make) until you’re ready to add some fire/pain to a dish.
Mine turned out “Rather salty, kinda sweet…holy sh*t! Gaahhh! Get it off my tongue!!!”
In other words "Awesome"!
Roy Hunter wrote:
Then, when you've got to know them a bit and their defences are down, you go all Scott the Pirate on them...