Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Ghost Pepper Salsa... Smoking Hot!
The Ghost Pepper, or bhut jolokia, is a hybrid chili pepper first cultivated in India. In 2007, Guinness World Records certified that the ghost pepper was the world's hottest chili pepper, 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce. The ghost chili is rated at more than 1 million Scoville heat units. However, the ghost chili was shortly superseded by the Infinity chili in 2011, followed by the Naga Viper, the Trinidad moruga scorpion in 2012, and the Carolina Reaper on August 7, 2013.
It is not for the feint of heart! I dare you to try this!
Step 1: Prepare the following ingredients listed and add them to a large sauce pan:
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup diced ripe mango
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
1/2 large onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
Step 2: Open all the windows and turn on the fans, or you will be overcome by the peppers.
Step 3: Put on a pair of gloves to protect your skin from the peppers.
Step 4: Quickly process the peppers!
6 Ghost Peppers (bhut jolokia), cut in half with stems and seeds removed (use fewer peppers if you can't take the heat)
Step 5: Quickly toss the peppers into the sauce pan and cover it.
Once all the ingredients are in the saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer about 20-30 minutes to soften. Transfer contents to a food processor/blender and process until smooth. You may need to do this in batches because the hot liquid will expand in the food processor. Transfer to a container. Seal and allow to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until ready to use.
NOTE: The flavors will grow more intense the longer you wait.
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