16 January 2008

MKD's (Spicy) All-Purpose Red Sauce

from MKD:

Roast (over flame preferably, but a broiler works fine):
  • 1 large bell pepper (anything except green)
  • 1 hot pepper (I used 2/3 of a habenero this time, a whole serrano last time, both good)
  • 2 (or 3, if you want more of a tomato base) med-large ripe tomatoes
  • 1 small head of garlic, 1 small-med red onion (halved).

This time around I didn't have any tomatoes handy, so just used a can of organic fire-roasted crushed tomatoes. Still good, but fresh tomatoes are definitely better.

So, do the roast-until-kinda-charred thing, paper bag, etc. The garlic and onions will probably take a bit longer. Take off most of the skins, stems, and other undesirable parts (I like to leave the seeds, except maybe the bell peppers) and throw it all into a food processor with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. If you're going the salsa route, a bit of fresh cilantro is nice, too. And maybe fresh parsley and/or basil for sauce. Without herbs is great, too, whatever.

This puppy's got some real kick, but not too much, and the flavor is unbeatable. Keeps in the freezer indefinitely and for a long while in the fridge. Served warm/hot as a salsa w/ some good chips it's not unlike our old standby, Rio Grande (but, ya know, better).

Splendid as a salsa, pasta or pizza sauce (and other applications, I'm sure - be creative).

Simple, delicious, versatile.


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