To preserve the distinctive flavor of the habaneros, don't cook them with the sauce but add them afterwards. This sauce will keep for weeks in the refrigerator. Use it to spice up eggs, sandwiches, soups, and seafood. This was the original, classic habanero sauce that has been imitated in commercial products countless times.
This candy recipe makes good use of the syrup created as a byproduct when making candied chiles. Depending on the chiles used, the syrup can get pretty hot. Typically it has a consistency somewhere between corn syrup and molasses and looks clear, lightly tinted.
The term "16-18 count fresh shrimp" refers to the size of fresh shrimp. In this case the shrimp would be medium sized, or it would take 16-18 of them with the shells and heads on to make a pound. All of the ingredients in this recipe can be found in major supermarkets. Serve this curry over cooked basmati rice.
This recipe is quite popular in the Grenadines, where the population does not consider it particularly hot. But I say it creates enough heat to melt the polar icecap! Most people would use a maximum of 2 habaneros, so make adjustments according to your palate.
Tribal customs dictate that the berbere is served over warm, fresh raw meat called kifto. But there’s no way we’re going to serve raw meat in a barbecue book, so we grill the kifto! This is also an excellent treatment for chicken wings on the grill.
Berbere is the famous, or should we say, infamous, scorching Eithiopian hot sauce. One recipe we ran across called for over a cup of powdered cayenne! It is used as an ingredient in a number of dishes, a coating when drying meats, and as a side dish or condiment. Tribal custom dictated that it be served with kifo, raw meat dishes that are served warm. This sauce will keep for a couple of month under refrigeration. Serve sparingly as a condiment with grilled meats and poultry or add to soups and stews. Extremely Hot!
These bean balls from West Africa can be consumed hot or cold, as a snack or as a side dish. Some West Africans eat them with Nigerian Fried Red Pepper Sauce for breakfast! Others spinkle the balls while hot with additional red pepper or press crushed red chile pods into them.
This is a "south of the border" Bloody Mary substituting tequila for the vodka. But if you are a purist, use the vodka or leave out the alcohol altogether and have a great morning wake-up drink. Adding the rocotos, rather than Tabasco, added flavor as well as warming the drink nicely. The heat came on slowly and lingered. This is one of the best uses for chile juice.
The technique of soaking a food in a liquid to flavor it—or in the case of meats, to tenderize the cut—was probably brought to the Caribbean by the Spanish. A marinade is easier to use than a paste, and when grilling your jerk meats, the marinade can also be used as a basting sauce. “In Jamaica,” notes food writer Robb Walsh, “like Texas barbecue, jerk is served on butcher paper and eaten with your hands.” Serve this version of jerk with a salad and grilled plantains.