I just popped open another jar of last summers home-made (grown and canned) jalapeno hot sauce. DELICIOUS! Your task, dear readers, for this summer is to go forth and create some heat. I wish that I had written down a rough recipe when making this sauce last fall. From what I recall I basically borrowed the concept from a recipe by Chef Aron Epp (chef de cuisine at Elements: the restaurant. Hope you don’t mind!) for his spectacular “jalapeno hot sauce” aka. “Aron’s hot sauce”. I added a bunch of stuff (heirloom tomatoes, various peppers, etc.) kicking around from my garden and then canned and processed it. Try making a small batch next time you have some over-ripe tomatoes on hand. You don’t have to go full blown crazy and can/process jars of this. A small batch will keep for a month or so in the fridge just fine. Any surplus can be frozen or doled out to spice loving friends for bragging rights (“ya. i made that. it’s hot and delicious.”) Try out this recipe and adapt it to suit your tastes!

home-made jalapeno hot sauce

6 medium sized tomatoes, cored and quartered

1/2 small white onion, sliced

3 (or more) jalapeno peppers, stems removed (remember to wear gloves when dealing with hot peppers. don’t touch your eyes before washing your hands!)

about 10 garlic cloves, peeled

a few glugs of olive oil to coat everything

a good pinch of kosher salt

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

3 tbsp honey

Yup. Something like that. Toss everything together and roast it in a 350*F oven, uncovered. Spread it out in a casserole dish so that it roasts (and gets some color) and doesn’t steam itself too much. Give the veggies a stir every 20 minutes or so. Once it begins smelling deliciously like roasted garlic and the tomatoes start to get some nice carmalization going on it is probably done. It should take 45 min to an hour to roast. Let the vegetables cool down on the counter and once they are cool puree everything, adjust the seasoning and enjoy my friends!

By all means please play around with this recipe by adding more tomatoes or garlic, different peppers, etc. It should be used as nothing more than a guide line. Whatever you do change to it please remember to write it down! If you get amazing results you are going to want to duplicate that business! Have fun making sweet and sticky sauce my friends and let me know how it turns out. Until next time!


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