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A Habanero Sauce Recipe for Hotheads

November 8th, 2012 Cooking

Do you love spicy food? Some people just can't get enough of that burning sensation! Although we don't know a lot about the nutritional effects of eating highly seasoned food, according to the New York Times, it has a few crucial uses in tropical cultures. Heat tends to suppress the appetite - if you're living in a climate where it's always hot, you may need something to counter this effect. Spicy food gets your saliva and gastric juices flowing, which in turn makes you more inclined to eat. It also makes you sweat and raises your body temperature, which can make the outside air feel comparatively cooler.

If you're a fan of spice, the following recipe for habanero sauce, courtesy of the Reluctant Gourmet, should provide more than enough of a kick to satisfy you. If you don't have much experience with hot food, it may be best to start with something milder and work your way up (spice is something you can build up a tolerance to).

Ingredients 1 cup water 1/3 cup of red wine vinegar 1-3 fresh or dried habanero peppers, depending on how hot you want the sauce 1 large red bell pepper 1 tablespoon paprika 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon salt

First, chop up the bell and habanero peppers - if you're working with dried habaneros, grind them up. Place all of the ingredients into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once it begins boiling, reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for about 10 minutes.

Next, puree the entire mixture in a blender. The resulting sauce should be hot enough for all but the most hardcore spice fans. It can be used in a wide variety of dishes and tastes particularly good on a nice flank steak.