I will be the first to admit that making your own condiments isn’t always worth the time. Since I realized how easy it is to make amazingly tasty sauces in a blender from just a few fresh ingredients, though, I am pretty much sold on the process.
Take this spicy chile garlic sauce. It’s made by whirring together hot peppers and garlic with rice vinegar, some brown sugar and a bit of salt. Crazy easy. I used a bunch of fresh chiles from my garden (and to be honest, I am not even sure what varieties they were!). Feel free to use homegrown chiles or purchase them from the market. Habañeros are pretty widely available and would be a good type to use.
Chile Garlic Sauce Recipe
Makes about 1 cup
- about 15 fresh hot red chile peppers (I used all different types of chiles that I grew in my garden; if you don’t want it to be super hot, you can include a few mild peppers, if you like), cleaned, stems trimmed off and roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 4 garlic cloves, or more to taste, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons palm sugar or dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup brown rice vinegar
Process all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth (feel free to leave it a bit chunky if you like…I did). Take a tiny taste (warning – it’s spicy!) and adjust the seasonings to your preference. Use in small amounts to spice up Asian dishes.
–Winnie Abramson writes the organic gardening and food blog Healthy Green Kitchen.
Photo credits: Winnie Abramson