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Get your enchiladas ready with this homemade green enchilada sauce recipe made with fresh tomatillos, jalapenos, serranos and poblano peppers, from scratch in your own kitchen. You know what I love about a good green enchilada sauce? It's the combination of roasted tomatillos and roasted chili peppers. Tomatillos are staple Mexican ingredients and they're easy to cook with. While they look just like little green tomatoes, with a papery our layer that you must peel away, they have a different taste and are quite different from the tomatoes you're used to. You can eat tomatillos raw, but they are so good when roasted and blended up, especially with other staple Mexican ingredients, like the chili pepper and all those outstanding seasonings. Patty and I get a little excited about making homemade sauces from scratch because they taste so much more personal. You can customize a recipe to your personal preference…
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A recipe for Cajun jambalaya in all its glory, with shrimp, andouille sausage, chicken, and plenty of spices. If you like your jambalaya to be super meaty, with plenty of chunky chicken, seasoned and seared shrimp, spicy andouille sausage, PLUS with the flavor and heat of wonderful jalapeno and serrano peppers, then this recipe is going to make you happy. I have been ITCHING to make a jambalaya for a while now, but was sort of waiting for colder weather. There wasn't any need for that, as you can get a great jambalaya anytime of year in warm New Orleans, but it is such a stick-to-your-bones type of recipe, it feels more like fall or winter to me. The beauty of Cajun shrimp, chicken and andouille jambalaya is not only in the heat and awe-inspiring flavor, but also because it's a pretty easy to make one-pot meal. I made a…
Published in Soups, Salads & Stews
Giardiniera is a wonder condiment, turning any sandwich into a burst of flavor. Here is our Chicago-style recipe with plenty of chili peppers, vegetables and seasonings. Giardiniera is something we encounter on a regular basis. Patty and I are from the Chicago area, and Chicago is well-known for its selection of beef sandwiches. If you're from Chicago or anywhere near there, you can't order a beef sandwich without giardiniera. It's a travesty. If you want funny looks shot your way, go ahead and order one and tell them to hold the giardiniera. Okay, I'm half-joking, but only half. Seriously, giardiniera is a tasty condiment you can enjoy on any number of sandwiches, and not only at the ubiquitous beef joints. I personally love it piled onto a hot dog over over a crispy toasted sub sandwich. We have a chain sandwich shop nearby and we enjoy their flatbread sandwiches. They…
Published in Hot Sauces
A recipe for the red sauce you find in Mexican restaurants in squeeze bottles, perfect for smothering your burritos, for taco sauce, for any type of Mexican food. It's also great as a flavorful salsa. I've talked about guacamole recipes in Mexican restaurants, how there is a basic form of the recipe, yet every Mexican place does it their own way. The same is true, if not MORE so, for Salsa Roja, or Mexican Red Table Sauce. If you've been to a Mexican restaurant, you've seen it. It's the red stuff that typically comes in a large squeeze bottle, the bottle slightly condensed with moisture because it has just been removed from the refrigerator in the back, most likely freshly made that very morning. So very fresh. It is similar in consistency to a thin salsa, with a bit more processing to give it that sauce like quality that is…
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A recipe for the green sauce you find in Mexican restaurants in squeeze bottles, perfect for smothering your burritos, for taco sauce, for any type of Mexican food. It's also great as a flavorful salsa. Recently I posted a Salsa Roja Recipe (Mexican Red Table Sauce), so it is only natural that I follow up with the GREEN version of that recipe. It isn't really the same as the red, but they're synonymous because you'll typically find them side by side in your local Mexican restaurant, either in large squeeze bottles or served in small bowls so you can scoop them out with a spoon to pour over your burritos, tacos, or whatever else you're ordering. The way it works for me is to have each sauce next to me while I chow on my chicken tacos. First I squeeze a bit of salsa roja onto the taco, take a…
Published in Sauces
September 23, 2013

Serrano Peppers

5,000 - 23,000 Scovilles. The serrano chili pepper is a smaller version of the jalapeno pepper, similar in color, but smaller, about 1 to 4 inches long on average and 1/2 inch wide. They generally grow between 1 - 4 inches long and about 1/2 inch wide though they have been known to grow longer. They are meaty peppers and are not the best choice for drying. The serrano pepper originated in the Mexican states of Puebla and Hidalgo. They are commonly red, brown, orange, or yellow, though you are likely to find them in their more common green color, much like a jalapeno pepper.
Patty and I are still enjoying the crab we caught in the Chesapeake Bay with this recipe for sweet peppers stuffed with succulent crab meat, goat cheese and Parmesan, then baked to perfection. So glad we caught so much crab! Our Stuffed Chili Pepper Recipes collection is growing on the web site. I love it. I just can't get enough of them. I probably mention every single time I post a stuffed pepper recipe how PERFECT chili peppers are for stuffing. They're the ideal vessels because you can so easily slice off the top or down the center, scoop out the insides, and stuff them with all manner of deliciousness. I just happened to find these gorgeous little sweet peppers at the grocery store down the road and they leapt straight off the cart and into my basket. I swear, they must have heard of all the crab meat we…
Published in Stuffed Chili Peppers
The pork shoulder in my refrigerator was calling my name! And so were all of the brand new spices I just picked up recently, so nice and fresh - ancho powder (I do love thee!), smoked paprika, cayenne, Mexican oregano. Not to mention the loads of chili peppers begging to be cooked into something delicious. What else to do but make a homemade chili? I am not a chili purist who demands that chili either have beans or no beans. No beans about it! I like it both ways. In fact, I like chili pretty much any way, from red to green to anything in between. This particular recipe skips the beans and goes the green route, though since I used so many seasonings here, it turned out more red than green. It truly is a riff off of a green chili recipe, or chili verde, starting with roasted tomatillos…
Published in Chili
December 02, 2016

Homemade Picante Sauce

Make your own picante-style sauce at home with this recipe, with fresh tomatoes, spicy jalapenos, tangy apple cider vinegar and more. I use this sauce on practically everything. Can be served as a sauce or a salsa. Dude! I'm excited. Why? Because we have a nice new big batch of PICANTE SAUCE in the fridge. Oh yeah! This is one of my very favorite sauces to keep around. Or is it a salsa? I will let you decide! The consistency is somewhere in between and it can be served easily as either a sauce in a bottle that you can douse over anything, or in a bowl with chips that you can serve salsa style. Doesn't it look gorgeous? So many sauces do. This one has a tongue-grabbing mix of smokiness from the chipotle peppers and tanginess from the apple cider vinegar, not to mention HEAT and FLAVOR from that…
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A refreshing cocktail recipe featuring the flavors of crisp cucumber, fragrant cilantro, tart lemon and fiery serrano pepper, made a little sweet with sugar and rallied with cilantro vodka. Cocktail time, my friends! Patty here with your next Thirsty Thirteenth. Spring is such a refreshing time of year. When everything starts blooming and people are spending more time outside, it makes me think differently about what type of cocktail I’d like to drink. I'm thinking FRESH, and seriously, what is fresher in flavor than cucumber? For this recipe, I've paired it with cilantro and serrano pepper for a bit of bite. First, you will need to blend the cucumber to juice it and then strain it so you're left with pure juice with no pulp. If you have a good juicer it will be even easier. Muddle the serrano and cilantro with cilantro vodka to get a really fresh flavor. Next,…
Published in Drinks
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