Thursday, December 13, 2012

Chili sauce

A good sauce for burgers, chicken wings, meatballs, or meatloaf.  Spicy, and slightly sweet.  Make a bunch and can it, or make it as needed:


2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup vinegar
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more, depending upon how spicy you like your chili sauce)


In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine all ingredients, but the water.  Stir until sugars dissolve and sauce begins to thicken.  Add water, a little at a time, until sauce has the consistency of slightly runny ketchup.

This sauce is a great partner to canned jellies.  For a spicy and sweet dipping sauce, add 1 cup of chili sauce to 1 cup of your favorite jelly, heat in a saucepan until bubbly.  Serve with grilled chicken wings, meatballs, or any favorite finger food.

(This sauce is similar to Heinz Chili Sauce, and if you don't feel like making your own, by all means, use Heinz.  I prefer to make my own, because I dislike industrially prepared foods, but I also dislike the high prices they often come with).

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