I know you’re probably disappointed that this isn’t a cake post. I’ll get to that Friday! :) In the mean time, I’ll catch you up on more pepper posts.
As you saw yesterday, I started out with a whole bunch of these Tabasco peppers. They are HOT!! and so is this sauce. As much as I love hot sauce, I figured it was about time that I came up with my own recipe. Thus, Natalie’s HOT!! Sauce was born.
The third bag of mystery peppers turned out to be Brazilian Starfish peppers. They are so pretty, so I added a few of them to the hot sauce too.
The flesh of these Starfish peppers tastes like a spicy-sweet bell pepper, and is awesome. The membranes bring the heat, though. They are HOT!! too.
I diced them up and threw them in a Hugh Jass pot with the Tabasco peppers I had left, along with some tomato paste, canned roasted tomatoes, vinegar, garlic, sugar, salt, and onion, and painfully taste-tested my way into hot sauce Heaven.
Natalie’s HOT!! Sauce (makes a whole lot of hot sauce)
– 3.5 pounds fresh tabasco peppers, washed & de-stemmed
– 5 Brazilian Starfish peppers, washed, de-stemmed, & diced without seeds (could substitute red bell pepper)
– one 14.5 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
– two six ounce cans tomato paste
– 7 cloves of garlic, peeled
– 3.5 cups apple cider vinegar (5% acidity)
– 1 teaspoons kosher salt
– 1 cup light brown sugar
– 1 Vidalia onion, diced
Place all ingredients in a Hugh Jass pot and cook for an hour or so. When everything is nice and soft, use an immersion blender to blend everything up. Fill pre-sanitzed jars with sauce, leaving 1/4″ of headspace. Can keep the jars in the refrigerator, or you can process in a hot water bath (which is what I did). The combination of plenty of peppers, tomatoes, sugar, and vinegar should be shelf stable for one year due to the high acidity (I processed these for 15 minutes). I realize not everyone will make hot sauce in such massive quantities, so feel free to adjust these measurements to your taste and a smaller amount of peppers. I just added to the amount I had and tasted until it was good to me, and now I’m sharing what I did with you.
The day I made this, I took our friend Richard a jar labeled as “Natalie’s HOT!! Sauce.” We were all over at his house after an engagement party for another friend, and all the boys were dipping chips into it like salsa and yelling “It hurts so good!”
I’d say that’s man-speak for “It’s delicious, and very spicy.”
The rest are off to storage to last us the rest of the year! My father-in-law, Bruce, gave me this old Jello box. I love it!
We can’t wait to try some of my hot sauce on oysters this fall. Do you have a homemade hot sauce recipe? What’s your favorite way to use it?