This spicy garlicky sauce is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite Thai and Vietnamese dishes – or really just about any dish you can think of!
Sriracha has made a name for itself in the food world the last few years. Everyone loves it and most people want to put it on everything on their plate. I don’t blame them, this stuff is good. It’s spicy and garlicky with a hint of sweetness making it the perfect topping for just about anything. Plus it can be turned into other awesome things like this Sriracha Mayo. If you haven’t tried Sriracha, you need to ASAP.
When I was coming up with my 30 by 30 list I knew making a homemade hot sauce was something I had to tackle – Sriracha fit the bill perfectly. It’s one of my go to hot sauces and I love that it has all that yummy garlicky flavor. When I was making my sauce, I knew I wanted to stay as close as to the real thing as I could, which meant tracking down some red jalapenos – which I luckily found at the Asian supermarket right by my house. When I was cutting up my jalapenos I left the ribs on them, but tossed all the seeds. If you know you like a super spicy sauce, you can leave a teaspoon or so of the seeds in your sauce. Of course, the spiciness of the sauce comes down to how spicy the peppers are that you’re using. There were definitely a few in my batch that smelled spicier than others.
Besides the jalapenos, this sauce only takes a few other kitchen staple ingredients. Garlic (of course), a little sugar, some vinegar and salt. That’s it. And we just blend it, cook it, then blend it again – gotta love that it’s not complicated at all!
One thing that is really great about this homemade version is that it makes a really awesome gift – whether it’s a hostess gift, part of a gift basket of goodies or just a fun treat to mail to friends or family. Just put some in a cute little bottle or a mason jar with a tag and you’ll impress pretty much anyone. It would also be really easy to double this to make a bigger batch if you’re going to use it for gifts.
- 1 lb of red jalapenos, stemmed and seeds removed (reserve 1 Tablespoon of seeds if you like a spicier sauce)
- 9 cloves garlic
- ⅔ cup water
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ⅓ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp Kosher salt
- In a blender or food processor puree jalapenos, garlic, water, vinegar until smooth. If you want a spicier sauce, add in 1 tablespoon of seeds to the blender before pureeing.
- Pour jalapeno mixture into a medium sauce pan Add in both sugars and salt, stirring to combine. Bring mixture to a soft boil and simmer for 30 minutes or until sauce has reduced. Remove from heat and let stand at room temperature until cool.
- Transfer mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer to a jar or bottles and refrigerate. Sauce tastes best after sitting at least one day in the refrigerator and can be kept for up to 4 weeks.
The texture of the sauce is super important here. Chunks of peppers are bad – we want a silky smooth texture that is easy to drizzle on everything. So naturally a good blender is the key here. Let’s talk about my blender history for a second. My first apartment I owned the crapiest of all blenders – and I mean the crapiest. I think I forked out about $15 for it at Walmart and I’m pretty sure it could properly blend a banana. That thing stayed with me for a few years and I just avoided making things that required one.
My next blender was a big step up – I got it around the time of my wedding. I loved that thing. It did what it was supposed to – blend things (shocking right?). I was perfectly content with it despite hearing everyone and their mother talk about their super fancy $$$ blenders like the ones they use at Jamba Juice. I still swore mine was just as fabulous. But then last year the worst thing happened…I killed my blender. I broke it while making a batch of my awesome pumpkin butter – I guess the warm pumpkin mixture was too much for that little guy. Lance looked at it and said that he could fix it but then it just sat, waiting for parts to be ordered.
So when Blendtec reached out to me about trying their Blendtec 725 blender I couldn’t say no. I was intrigued to try an uber powerful blender and to see if it really lived up to all the hype. At first I was like whoa, this thing has a touch screen…what? But then I made my first smoothie in it…without a trace of spinach leaves floating around. It was magical. And then I made some fruit and veggie juice…in a blender! All in one week, plus I made this Cinnamon Honey Butter and obviously this kick awesome Sriracha too. I found myself wondering why I waited so long to get a grown up blender when I love awesome kitchen tools that make my life easier. And those of you who have been telling me to get one… you win.
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