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Olive Brine Hot Pepper Sauce

Pepper sauce made with Pimenta Reaper Peppers and olive brine #hot #Sauce @mjskitchen

 

Last fall my friends from Fords Fiery Foods and Plants sent me some antep aci dolma peppers and Pimenta Reaper Peppers.  If you remember, I made red chile cheese tamales with the antep aci dolmas, but kept you hanging on the reapers. The reapers were smokin’ HOT making them ideal for either a hot sauce or a pepper sauce.  I tried both.  With half of them, I attempted to make a fermented hot sauce like Tabasco.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work.  However, with the other half of the peppers, I made an olive brine hot pepper sauce which, was not only remarkably easy to make, but uniquely delicious! This hot pepper sauce has the heat and the flavor from the pimenta reapers complemented by the salty flavor of green olive brine.  However, as with most hot pepper sauces, any smokin’ hot chile pepper that you like would work.

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Green Chile Tomatillo Sauce

Roasted Green Chile and Tomatillo make a delicious green chile tomatillo sauce that can be used for enchiladas, burritos, or whatever your heart desires #green #Hatch #chile #tomatillo| mjskitchen.com

 

This Green Chile Tomatillo Sauce is a variation of my green chile sauce. It uses roasted green chile and roasted tomatillos.  It’s a great sauce to make when you need to tame the heat of some really hot chiles or make a milder sauce for people that can’t handle the heat.

This sauce is just as easy to make as a green chile sauce, especially if you already have the roasted green chile.  If not, just roast the chile and tomatillos at the same time. However,  you’ll need to keep a close eye on the tomatillos, because they roast very quickly on a grill.  You could also roasted them in the oven for more control.

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New Mexico Red Chile Mole

A red mole' sauce made with New Mexico red chile, pecans, pistachios and an assortment of spices. | mjskitchen.com

 

A few weeks ago a friend and I took a cooking class at the Santa Fe Culinary Academy.  The class was on mole and was taught by Chef Fernando Olea, a well-known Santa Fe chef, originally from Mexico City.  The class was a demonstration of Chef Olea making his family recipe for Mole Poblano while engaging the class in a discussion on the different types of moles and the endless variety of ingredients.  Chef Olea encouraged us to create our own family recipe for mole, addressing our own tastes and using local ingredients.  Chef Olea was so inspiring, that when I got home, I did just that.  The main ingredients in the New Mexico Red Chile Mole recipe below are mostly local, New Mexico ingredients. The primary chile is dried New Mexico red which gives it more of a red color than the dark chocolate color that one might get from a combination of other dried chiles such as pasilla, mulato, and ancho.

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Black Bean Tamales with Spicy Mango Sauce

Vegan Black Bean Tamales with a chipotle masa and spicy mango sauce. #tamales #vegan| mjskitchen.com

 

It’s time for another tamale recipe!  I don’t know about you, but I love making tamales. Some people enjoy spending a couple of hours making a cake, but me, I’d rather spend it making tamales.  These Black Bean Tamales are made with black beans, a little onion, sweet pepper, and a chipotle seasoned masa.  For this batch, I used canola oil, but I’ve also used melted butter. I quit using lard in my tamales years ago.

If you’ve seen my other tamales recipes you know that I prefer to mix the filling in with the masa rather than apply them separately.  It makes the assembly process much easier and faster. It only takes about an hour to make the filling and the masa, and to assemble the tamales.  Once that’s done, you just place the tamales in a steamer for 1 to 1 ½ hours, and go relax, read a book, have a beer.

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Asian Style Sweet Chile Sauce

A quick and easy Asian sweet chile sauce | mjskitchen.com

Once you see how easy it is to make an Asian sweet chile sauce (aka Thai sweet chili sauce), you’ll never buy it again.  I’ve been buying this for years and have gone through many, many bottles, but after looking through a variety of recipes and seeing how easy it is to make, I decided to give it a try. Using a few standard items from my pantry, the process from start to finish took less than 15 minutes and the result was better than what I have been buying!  By making it from scratch, I was able to adjust the sweetness, the spiciness, the flavor, and thickness to my preferences.

The recipe for Asian sweet chile sauce below makes just short of a cup of sauce, is less sweet, and thinner than what I buy.  I find the store bought sauce too thick for my needs so I’m always adding water to thin it.  If you like yours thicker, then just add an additional teaspoon of cornstarch to the recipe below.

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Aji Panca Chile Paste

A rich, smoky, spicy paste made with aji panca chilies from Peru | mjskitchen.com

 

Thanks to my chile loving soul mate, European blogger friend, Sissi of With a Glass, I have now had the privilege of tasting a new chile…the Peruvian Aji Panca chile.  Thank you Sissi!!!!  What a chile!  A few weeks ago, I received a bottomless package of goodies from Sissi that consisted of products from all around the world – biscuits from Switzerland, chocolate from France, spicy seasoning from Japan, and dried aji panca chile from Peru (just to name a few).  Of course I zoned in immediately on the dried chiles.

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Pico de Gallo with Pickled Peppers and Chipotle

 with pickled peppers and chipotle flakes | mjskitchen.com #salsa

 

Last week I showed you how to make Quick and Easy Pickled Peppers.  This week a few of those pickled peppers came together with some fresh garden tomatoes and chipotle flakes to make a delightfully tasty pico de gallo.  Bobby and I have eaten three batches of this in the past few days because it’s so addicting and we wanted to get the seasoning just right.  Lucky us. 🙂

Pico de Gallo with Pickled Peppers can be used as a dip or a topping for tacos, tostadas, burritos or a nice bowl of pinto beans.

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Green Chile Crab Cakes with Horseradish Sauce

Easy crab cakes with roasted green chile and horseradish sauce | mjskitchen.com

These crab cake are one of the 15 finalists in the KOAT TV Chile Challenge.  If you like what you see, please vote for them.  Voting is open from Sept. 14 – 18, 2015.  Thank you!

Crab cakes are one of those foods that can range in texture from a dry, crumbly cake of mostly bread crumbs to a very soft mass of mayonnaise and crab meat – and I think I’ve had them all. Even though I make crab cakes at home, I still order them if they are on the menu because I love crab cakes! I was so disappointed with some cakes that I ordered the other night (they were the soft mass I referred to) that I had to come home and make mine just as a reminder of how good crab cakes could be.

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Spicy Mint Pesto with Grilled Lamb Chops

Mint Pesto with Lime and Red Chile Flakes | mjskitchen.com

 

From the title of this post and the pictures, you’ve probably figured out that this post is more about the mint pesto than the lamb.  I could just sit and eat this Spicy Mint Pesto with a spoon.  To heck with the lamb chops. 🙂 Not really, we do love lamb chops and get some great ones at Costco.  Bobby always grills them and then I make a simple little sauce to go with them.   During the summer when my spearmint goes bonkers, as mint always does, I love making this spicy mint pesto, which, as all lamb lovers know, mint is a great complement to lamb.

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