Citizens, my hot sauce recipes are the stuff of legend, described in hushed undertones and the kind of reverence usually reserved for Papal audiences and Royal christenings.
Yes, they’re that good – I strongly recommend trying the several I’ve already posted here on TFD!
Today, we visit the proud island of Puerto Rico and their unique take on vinegar-based hot sauce (called Pique), infused with searing hot habanero chiles, garlic, herbs and spices! Served with everything from rice, beans and roast pork, this will wake up even the most somnolent of weary palates.
Mine is more complex than any other recipe you’ll find for this condiment, but it is still easy, never fear!
Pique is a Puerto Rican hot sauce commonly found at restaurants and roadside stands. Homemade versions of this type of sauce are made by steeping hot peppers in vinegar, with seasonings and fresh herbs. One popular variant is habanero peppers with pineapple and fresh recao leaves. The longer it sits, the hotter it gets. Different types of Island ajíes picantes (hot peppers) will have varying amounts of heat, the hottest of all is the ají caballero.
Mine is a variant of Pique Boricua, using the island’s fantastic pineapple as a base with the vinegar. I’ve also added a dash of Captain Morgan’s spiced rum for extra kick and my own ratios of semi-canonical herbs, garlic, peppers and spices.
Citizens, set your tastebuds to DefCon 1 and enjoy the triumphant return of your beloved ruler, The Generalissimo of Gastronomy, The Potentate of Piquant and The Revolutionary Leader of TFD Nation!
Battle on – The Generalissimo
The Hirshon Puerto Rican Pique Hot Sauce
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