Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Homemade Hot Sauce

Everyone has their favorite hot sauce.  I always have Louisiana and Tapatio hot sauce in my refrigerator.  Ever thought of making your own?  Here is a simple recipe for making one with your label on it.  You can make it hotter by adding a couple more peppers.  This is plenty hot for me.  Try it on your next Buffalo wings.

Hot Sauce

4 habanera peppers
3 garlic cloves, minced
¾ cup onions, thinly sliced
¾ cup of distilled white vinegar
¾ teaspoon of salt
A few sprays of cooking spray

Chop the chilies. (Use gloves and rub your eyes.)

After spraying the pan with cooking spray, sauté onions for 4 minutes (medium heat); add the garlic and cook another minute.  Do not walk away and let the garlic burn.

Add peppers, white vinegar and salt, and bring to a simmer.

Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for another eight or nine minutes.

Pour mixture into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.

Pour into a container and let it cool uncovered. Cover with an air-tight lid (mason jar is great) and refrigerate for a few days to let flavors blend. 

Hot Buffalo Wings

Super Bowl is coming up Sunday.  These would be nice to show off to your guests.  

3 lbs. chicken wing drumettes
1  cup flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon ground pepper
1/2 tablespoon salt
5 cups vegetable oil
4 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup hot sauce
1  tablespoon sugar

Rinse and pat dry chicken with a paper towel. Set to the side.

Mix flour, corn starch, ground pepper, and salt in a bowl. Mix well and add chicken to flour mixture. Toss to coat. Shake the flour from chicken, and place on a cooling rack.  You may oven bake these with no coating on them if you do not want to fry or use a coating, but the real Buffalo wings are fried.

In a frying pan over a medium heat add oil and allow to get hot (350 degrees F); add in chicken and fry for 14 minutes or until cooked all the way through (maybe longer if they are big wings). Remove from oil and set to the side.

In a bowl add butter, lemon, hot sauce, and sugar. Mix well. Then toss wings in sauce.  Place on a plate and eat hot.  Serve them with Ranch Dressing and carrots and celery. 

Be happy and may God bless you and yours.   

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