Caramel apples shout "Autumn" as loudly as the change in the color of leaves, apple cider, honey and pumpkin pie. The habaneros in this spicy recipe for caramel apples leave a distinct habanero flavor but they might make it more of a trick than a treat for someone who isn't expecting the apple to bite back. They are delicious but they certainly pack some heat.
I wish I could take credit for this wing recipe because it's a hit every time I make it. This is based on a rib recipe that I saw in Cuisine at Home but we're talking about wings right now. Focus! Okay, now that we're back on track... This recipe is an amazing balance of sweet, spicy, tart and salty. I've made this dish countless times for summer, porch sittin' guests.
Melinda's Original Habanero Pepper XXXtra Hot Sauce
Hide your children it's XXXtra hot!
I haven't tried all of the hot sauces that Melinda's produces but I love the ones that I have tried. The reason that I like Melinda's so much is these sauces are fantastic, have a high degree of heat and are available for a few bucks in your local supermarket. Well, they're available in MY local supermarket anyway.
I've eaten the entire bottle in just over a week. This sauce was completely addictive. It's probably really hot for Johnny Everyone but for me it was just right for casual snacking. It was great on sandwiches and pizza but my favorite way to eat it was with cheese and crackers.
The first thing I noticed about this sauce was the acidity. This is usually the first thing that you taste since it usually takes a few seconds for capsaicin to work it's magic. The lime juice is distinctive and isn't overwhelmed by the vinegar. The pepper contribute a lot of fruity flavor as well as stinging heat. The carrot flavor is a bit masked but I think it is just meant to contribute sweetness, volume and color. Carrots are commonly used with habaneros since they pair very well.
The consistency of this sauce is a very nice but it's a bit puzzling. I can't quite figure out how it would be made. The sauce is basically minced habanero peppers suspended in a clear thick liquid. I'm assuming that liquid consists of lime juice, vinegar, pureed carrots, onion and garlic which are reduced until it's thick. The bottle includes a restrictor which sometimes gets stopped up by a pepper chunk. A good tap on the bottom of the bottle get's things flowing again.
I referred to the heat as stinging. It burns in a very cool way. The burn doesn't last for too long but it's a very sharp sting that affects your tongue and the back of your throat. The burn quickly subsides leaving a pleasant pepper and garlic aftertaste.
The Bottom Line:
This is an awesome sauce that's easy to find, is reasonably priced and has fresh ingredients. This sauce is the Bomb.
- red habanero peppers
- lime juice