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Piri-Piri Sauce

Piri-Piri Sauce 1.500
Feb 18, 2009

Piri-piri sauce is simple to make and can be used whenever you want a really hot condiment. That said, commercially made piri-piri sauce is also good. It is advisable to control the heat by adding the chili peppers a little at a time.

This is a relatively acidic recipe. To make a ketchupy variation, add a-- 1/2-ounce can of chopped tomatoes and 1 to 3 tablespoons of ketchup.

Make Ahead: The sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 10 days, and it can be frozen for up to 6 months.


Servings: 1.5 cups
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons crushed, dried piri-piri or bird's-eye chili peppers, or other red chili peppers, or crushed red pepper flakes; or more to taste
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 to 6 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece peeled ginger root, finely minced (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, or more to taste
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)

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Directions

Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a pot or large skillet over medium heat.

Add half the chili peppers and the onion, garlic and ginger; cook for 5 minutes, stirring to coat evenly.

Transfer to a blender and add the remaining 5 tablespoons of oil and the paprika, tomato paste, salt, white vinegar and sugar, if using. Process until almost smooth. Adjust the seasoning with chili peppers, salt, sugar and/or vinegar to taste, and process to combine.


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From Gastronomer columnist Andreas Viestad.

Tested by Jane Touzalin.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per tablespoon serving (based on 24): 46


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 5g 8%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 98mg 4%

Total Carbohydrates: 1g 0%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 1g

Protein: 0g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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