Fiery Hot SauceNov 29 2010 by
My husband and I are polar opposites when it comes to spicy food. He likes to set his mouth on fire and I think mild salsa is still too hot! When he made the decision to start eating clean he followed in my footsteps and went cold turkey. One of the things he left behind was his favorite hot sauce. It contained a small amount of sugar – although I’m not sure why they even put sugar in it since it contains mandarin oranges and needed no additional sweetness. Anyways, being the good wife I am (honey are you reading??? Christmas is coming, cough, shiny and sparkly, cough), I decided to make him a clean hot sauce. After 3 attempts and some 3rd degree burns I perfected the recipe and got 2 big thumbs up from my hubby. Here’s the recipe for all you hot sauce lovers out there!
- 1 large mandarin orange, peeled and seeds removed (if you can’t find a mandarin orange substitute with a tangerine)
- 1 Roma tomato, sliced
- 6 habanero peppers, seeds removed (see notes for proper handling)
- 1/3 cup grated carrot
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup onions, diced
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- In a blender or food processor add the grated carrot and pulse 3 or 4 times. You want the carrots VERY fine.
- Add the remaining ingredients and pulse 5 or 6 times. My husband prefers a more ‘chunky’ sauce but if you want it thinner just pulse until it’s at your desired consistency.
Serving size 1 tbsp.
Nutrients per serving: Calories: 5, Cal. from Fat: 0, Total Fat: 0g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Carbs: 0g, Fiber: 0g, Sugars: 0g, Protein: 0g, Sodium: 0mg, Chol: 0mg
I had never worked with habanero peppers before, so during my first attempt at making this I cut the peppers without using gloves – BIG MISTAKE! My hands, mouth and tongue were burning!!!!! I washed my hands with soap and water after handling the peppers thinking that it would wash away the oil – I was WRONG! The oil stayed on my hands and when I used my hands to eat my food that night at dinner the oil spread to my mouth and tongue. It took a full day for the burning to go away – it wasn’t fun! So no matter what – USE GLOVES when handling the peppers.
I have taste tested every recipe on this blog EXCEPT this one. So, while my husband LOVES this sauce I will tell you that I’ve never actually tried it, nor will I ever. If for some reason you don’t like the taste of this recipe please feel free to blame my husband! ;)