I got my (latex gloved) hands on some Red Savinas the other day. These are supposedly the hottest chiles on earth, twice as hot as habaneros. Like habaneros they have a very citrusy aroma; when chopping them up I thought they smelled most like tangerine peel.
I decided to make a salsa/hot sauce with them that I could use over the next couple weeks, dialing up or down the dose depending on how masochistic I'm feeling. I just made the following recipe up, basing it on liquidy yet very flavorful and hot salsa I recently had at a taqueria in Sacramento.
3 Red Savina chiles
1 large clove garlic
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
fresh roasted sweet pimento flesh (about 3 square inches)
salt to taste (maybe about teaspoon?)
Coarsely chop the chiles and garlic, then combine with all other ingredients in a blender and process until all recognizable bits of chile and garlic disappear.
The resulting sauce is fairly sweet from the roasted pimento. I threw it in because it just happened to be there (a leftover from another dish). It did add a bit of body, but the salsa is still very much a liquid.
It is also very wonderfully hot. The heat comes a bit slowly and concentrates its intense power on the tongue (which burns like mad) and the lips (which go numb).
This recipe would probably work just as well with regular ol' habaneros.
A few questions...
- Anyone else have suggested uses for these little guys?
- Any idea how long this stuff will last? With all the vinegar and salt, I'm guessing it'll be safe for 2 weeks in the fridge.
- Any suggestions on ways to make it a bit thicker short of using less liquid? I think it might already be overly sweet with the bit of pimento I have added already. I'm wondering how I can make the body more like Tapatia or Cholula without masking the flavor of the Red Savinas.
- Anyone know if it's still illegal to sell Red Savinas? I've read that they're patented and that one is allowed to grow them for personal use, and that some dealers are licensed to sell seeds, but the chile pods themselves cannot be sold.
Thanks and enjoy!