Well, it seems that "pepper season" is just about over for our impulse buy ghost pepper plant. The branches are full of peppers so I better get off my butt and figure out what to do with these. I've killed off all my friends already, so I gotta figure something out soon!
So far I've made some guacamole and BBQ Sauce, even infused vodka, I've even tried these in a stir fry.....talk about a butt burner. And yet, the initial flavor when you eat one of these is so good, flowery and fragrant.....
So I decided I better make some hot sauces. I thought I'd start with a basic Louisiana style hot sauce, since it's pretty easy to make and all. Plus, a couple of these style hot sauces are always in our kitchen. Plus, it's pretty easy to make a basic version. There were a couple of things to contemplate. Because of the heat factor, there ain't no way I'd be using more than a couple of these for a batch, so I had to figure some way to maintain that reddish-orange hue. I wanted to emphasize a bit of smokiness as well without losing the integrity of the flowery-heat. I decided to roast the peppers and only use 4, seeds and all.....why waste all that heat, right?
Anyway, I looked in the fridge tonight and this is all I have left, so I thought I'd better get posting.......
You can, of course add more, or less peppers, or even mix and match. I figure I'd be using about a pound of regular chilies to about 2 cups of vinegar. I don't have to mention using gloves when working with these peppers, right? Be careful after as well.....contact burns are not fun.
As for uses. Well, anywhere you'd use Tabasco, Crystal, or Frank's..... I used some on a Lamb Loco Moco I made.
It was really good. The hot sauce goes well with eggs.......
Roasted Ghost Pepper Louisiana Style Hot Sauce:
- Put everything in a non-reactive saucepan and bring to a simmer.
- Hot your breath, otherwise you'll start sneezing like crazy
- Simmer until red bell peppers soften about 7-8 minutes
- Pour into a blender...be careful with this!
- Process until smooth
- Pour into a sterilized jar, let cool, then steep for 10-14 days
- Once everything settles, strain into sterilized bottles
I'm saving the last of this batch for some wings and I'll probably do this again. Next though, I'm going to try to make that other indispensable hot sauce/condiment, Sriracha.