Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde


Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds tomatillos
  • ½ cup chopped white onion
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup water to re-hydrate the pepper
  • ½ cup fresh water (to add to salsa mixture)
  • 1 dried ghost pepper (no stem)
  • Salt to taste

Method:

1. Remove papery husks from tomatillos and rinse well. Cut the tomatillos in half and place cut side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place under a broiler for about 5-7 minutes to lightly blacken the skin.


2. Meanwhile, re-hydrate the ghost pepper by adding it to a sauce-pan with ½ cup of water. Bring to a boil and let the pepper simmer for 5 minutes after boiling.


3. Place tomatillos, lime-juice, olive-oil, onions, cilantro and re-hydrated chili pepper, sugar and ½ cup of fresh water (discard the water used for re-hydrating the pepper) in a food processor (or blender) and pulse until all ingredients are finely chopped and mixed. Season to taste with salt. Cool in refrigerator.

Makes 3 cups. Serve with chips!



Ghost Pepper Oil


Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 ¼ cups canola oil
  • 1 dried Ghost Chile Pepper (no stem) cut in half lengthwise

Method:

Preheat the oven to 225°F. In an oven-safe dish, add oils and ghost pepper. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 3 hours. Remove from oven, transfer to airtight container, and place in refrigerator to cool. For added heat, leave pepper in the oil. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Makes 3 cups.



Bhut Salsa


Ingredients:

  • 2 dried Bhut Jolokia Pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 (15 ounce) canned whole tomatoes or fresh tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Method:

Bring water and dried ghost pepper to a boil — let the pepper simmer for 5 minutes after boiling. In a food processor or blender, combine tomatoes, garlic and vinegar and puree.

Makes 2 ½ cups of salsa.



Ghost Burgers


Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ghost powder
  • 1 clove garlic

Method:

Mix all ingredients and shape into 4 burgers. Grill over medium heat 10 minutes or until cooked through, turning once.