Pesto is a simple but classic Italian sauce traditionally made with basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and hard cheese. Although pesto is traditionally served over pasta, tomatoes, potatoes or beef it has become a popular flavor on sandwiches or pizza. It can be thinned with additional olive oil and drizzled over salads, fish or chicken.
I don't know how I've gone this long without sharing a single hot sauce recipe. So I guess I should show you a recipe for a tomato and Fresno pepper based concoction. It's the kind of sauce that you can really lay onto your food so it won't last long which is why I've given you a recipe that will make about three bottles. It's a little tart and quite a bit spicier than Tabasco sauce. There is enough tomato in it to sweeten it and thicken it up but not enough to make it taste like it belongs on pasta.
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