A few days ago, I shared my recipe for black bean burgers that I’ve been making for several years. A touch that I added is my Datil “Devil” Sauce in place of the traditional hot sauce found on most grocery shelves. Hot sauce is so pretty and makes a delightful holiday gift from the kitchen.
Now there are a ton of hot sauces out there with all sorts of flashy names. Mine is a simple sauce with a simple name. If you’re not familiar with the Datil Pepper, you will find a link to some info in a former post of mine here.
This recipe couldn’t be easier, using a base of plain old ketchup. If Datils are not available, use any pepper from your garden’s yield or that you may find at your local produce or farmer’s market. And remember you can freeze peppers and use them later in your recipes.
I’ve probably cautioned before about working with hot peppers, please protect your hands with gloves to avoid some very uncomfortable burning sensations that will last for several hours. Take care not to touch your face or eyes with those gloves too! If you’ve worked with hot peppers and have made that mistake, you know exactly what I’m talking about…..
Christine’s Datil Pepper “Devil” Sauce
Puree together in a food processor:
2 cups Datil peppers stemmed. Seed if you desired a less hot sauce.
2 large cloves garlic
½ cup cider vinegar
In a medium saucepan, mix together 64 oz ketchup (Heinz is best)
2 ½ cups cider vinegar. Add pureed pepper mixture and stir well. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes.
Cool slightly, then pour into sterilized bottles with non-metallic lids.
I save smaller glass bottles throughout the year. Bottles from soy sauce, chili sauce or empty single-serving glass wine bottles work well for this sauce. I find smaller bottles are better so you have a few to give as gifts.
These peppers are cute, but don’t be fooled. They are hot! So protect your hands as with any hot pepper. The sauce is good by itself if you like hot stuff, but is also good to spike up salsa. A dab atop a cracker spread with cream cheese is beyond comparison.
Besides being a great addition to Black Bean Burgers, try blending a few tablespoons of the sauce with an 8 oz brick of cream cheese, thinned with a little milk for another spicy use of this sauce. Here are some more ideas for using this sauce or your favorite hot sauce:
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup Datil sauce
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp fresh horseradish, grated, fine
- 2 tbsp dill pickle, chopped fine
Mix together and it’s ready.
For our carnivore friends:
Marinade for Steak
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic – pressed
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme or 1 ½ tsp dried thyme
- 2 tsps Datil pepper sauce
Marinate steak for several hours Delicious!!
Enjoy and please share your favorite way to use hot sauce!