Sunday, January 11, 2009

fight chilly with chili (sauce that is)

i got a hankerin' for some pad-thai inspired dish and thought we didn't have any sweet chili sauce. i scored some Serrano and jalapeno chiles at the food bank, so i kind of guessed what would go in it and made it myself. it turned out mild, but good! as always, i don't have a recipe but here's what went in it:

sesame chili oil
4 red Serrano peppers, seeded and diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
3 cloves of garlic
white vinegar
red pepper flakes
brown rice syrup
apple juice

sauteed the chillies and garlic in the oil, added everything else until it was kind of syrupy. at the end i added a shot or two of apple juice. i let it cool, poured it into a container and let it sit overnight. the next day i pureed it and added 2T of peanut butter to make a thai style peanut sauce. i mixed that with some spaghetti noodles, lime juice, and fresh cilantro. voila, dinner was served.

turns out we had sweet chili sauce in the back of the pantry and i didn't see it. oops. this was good anyway.


Chelsea said...

And it was in the pantry the whole time! That is totally the kind of silly thing I would do! No, actually I would just go buy another one. So good job being all creative in the kitchen! :)

Anonymous said...

I've never tried to make my own chili sauce before - how cool, and at least now you know how to make it!

VeganCowGirl said...

Nummy nummy! Love it. Am soooo going to try it. Thanks for a wicked cool recipe!

Sal said...

I tried to make my own chilli sauce once and just ended up with sore eyes and a smokin black burnt pan! oops!