If there were a typical eastern Caribbean hot sauce, this might be it. It has hints of Trinidad, Barbados, and even Grenada. To be perfectly authentic, you should buy or grow the red habaneros so popular in that part of the Caribbean, called Congo or bonney peppers. This will last up to eight weeks in the refrigerator.
These slivered reddish gems are the perfect addition to every Mexican meal. Ophelia’s have the best flavor and crunch, and, though cebollas are intended to be condiments, her guests often find it difficult not to pile their tortillas full. Add slivered chiles, a little or a lot, for some heat.
Use this recipe to eliminate excess salt from your diet or to reduce the amount of salt in many recipes. It tastes the best, of course, when you grow and dry your own herbs, but commercially purchased dried herbs will work also. Try this mixture on baked potatoes, pasta, and vegetables—especially corn on the cob.
The chiles that are traditionally used for this sauce are the ones pulled off the ristras or strings of dried chiles. Ristras are not just used for decoration--this is one method of sun drying or preserving the fall chile crop for use throughout the year. Use this sauce in a number of dishes, as a topping for enchiladas and tacos, as a basis for stews like posole, or any recipe that calls for a red sauce.
Hawaiian chiles are difficult to find, even in Hawaii. There are no commercial growing operations and the ones grown in back yards are often eaten by birds. Substitute fresh piquins, bird’s eye, or the small Thai prik kee nu chiles.
Since Chile has a 2600-mile coastline, I would be remiss if I didn't include a fish recipe from that country. There is a minimum of grazing land in Chile, so instead of beef being the major source of protein, it is fish and shellfish. The wines of Chile are quite good, so be sure to include a nice chilled Chilean white wine when you serve this Chilean ceviche. Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.