This recipe is an adaptation of a recipe originally printed in the Officers’ Wives Club Cookbook from Clark AFB in the Philippines. If desired, boneless chicken breasts could also be added (or substituted) to the recipe. (This recipe requires advance preparation.)
This fresh red pepper paste is popular among those Russians who like spicy foods. Use this as a condiment to accompany grilled meats, or stir a tablespoon or two into soups and stews, as a flavor enhancer. You can find other recipes and read about the Russian Far East in the article Siberian Hot StuffBy Sharon Hudgins
The ingredients of this specialty from Russia are similar to the traditional Mexican pico de gallo salsa with the exception that celery replaces tomatoes and dill is added. Georgians spread it thickly onto a piece of lavash (Georgian bread) and wolf it down no matter how many chiles are added to it. Please note that this recipe requires advance preparation, as the adzhiga tastes better when it's served 1 to 3 days after making.
This South American paste can be used as a substitute whenever fresh chiles are called for. It will keep for two weeks or more in the refrigerator; for longer storage, increase the vinegar and reduce the amount of olive oil. For a red paste, substitute 15 dried New Mexican red chiles, soaked in water. For a green paste, substitute 10 New Mexican green chiles, roasted, peeled, and chopped. For a much hotter paste, add 5 habanero chiles. All chiles should have the seeds and stems removed.
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