Molho De Piri Piri

ImageMy hot portugal peppers came in beautiful and plentiful this year.  Here is what I’ll do with them.

8 small red chiles 
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup red wine vinegar
2 cloves minced garlic
1 pinch of salt 
red pepper flakes (optional, if you like it hotter)

Remove the stems from the peppers and discard.  Place all ingredients (including seeds) in a food processor and puree.  Pour the mixture into a small glass jar and let steep for at least 24 hours, preferably a week in the fridge.



Habanero tofu salad with sweet chili thai sauce

ImageThis recipe is INSANELY hot — the habaneros reside inside of the tofu as a spicy surprise.

one package tofu, extra firm
2 habaneros
1 package loose spinach
1/2 red onion, finely diced

Slice tofu.  Make incisions and insert slivers of habanero.  Cook in an oiled pan over medium heat until tofu browns.  

Sweet Chili Thai Sauce:

1 cup water
1 cup rice vinegar
1 cup sugar
2 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp minced hot chile pepper
2 tsp ketchup
2 tsp cornstarch

Pour water and vinegar into a saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in sugar, ginger, garlic, chile pepper, and ketchup; simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in cornstarch. Remove saucepan from stove to cool.