This hot sauce from Pernambuco is commonly served in a small dish at Brazilian meals to spice up such dishes as feijoada and seafood stews. It features the malagueta pepper, that close relative of the tabasco pepper. Variation: Make a paste by pureeing the peppers, garlic, onion, and salt in a blender. Add the lemon or lime juice and stir well.
We don’t usually think about grilling pickled peppers, but for some reason they turn out great. Just remember not to over-grill the peppers or they may blacken on the outside. Note that although some commercial cherry peppers are called “hot” by the manufacturers, they are usually rather mild. This recipe is reminiscent of the wonderful canned stuffed jalapeños from Mexico–in fact, this recipe works with pickled jalapeños as well.
These quick snacks have a light and spicy Asian twist. You can easily omit the chicken for vegetarian guests.
Between football tailgating, Halloween, and Thanksgiving, you need spicy party mix and you need it right now. Unless you’re not into any of those things, in which case, this habanero party mix is still an awesome snack for binge watching The Walking Dead or whatever show you’re into right now.
This marinated spicy salad is rather like the traditional Mexican Christmas Eve Salad and takes advantage of fall vegetables. Substitute celery for the jicama, add oranges or apples, and you have a lower-fat take on a Waldorf salad.
Years ago, Jack-in-the-Box ran an ad with the lines, “But why a bun? A bun’s neither meat nor cheese.” They were joking. I wasn’t when I stole the idea and used Yanni Jalapeno Grilling Cheese as the bread for this sandwich. The company makes two types of grilling cheese and my cheese-only grilled cheese sandwich idea seemed like a great test flight for their products.
Leftover garlic is a crime. Or, in my case, a myth. It’s my catnip. Whenever I have some lying around after grilling or barbecuing, I’ll make whatever excuse I need to cook it up and eat it. Like any honest addict, I eventually gave up the pretense and started mainlining it. Instead of a spoon and lighter, though, I use a grill and a spatula for mainlining my drug of choice. Grilled garlic is one of the easiest appetizers ever.