Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Master Ridley's Pepper Paste

     This particular concoction was my first foray into pepper sauces. I had a bumper crop of cayenne and needed to use them in bulk. The end result was my single most popular hot sauce recipe, at least among friends and coworkers. There is so much you can do with this. Toss it with melted butter and chicken wings and you'll never do hot wings any other way again. Mix it in chili for an extra punch. One of the guys at works just spreads it on his hamburger. You will not be the same after this. It has just enough heat and more than enough flavor. Since it's made with vinegar, it cans well, too. Just pack it in half-pint jars, making sure to work out the air bubbles. Then just process in a boiling water bath for 12-15 minutes (as always, consult the National Center for Home Food Preservation for tips on how not to get botulism). We actually have an open jar that's been in our fridge for over 2 years without going off. We just add leftovers from each season's batch. We figure in the next couple years it should achieve sentience. Remember, with great power comes great responsibility. And just who is Master Ridley, you ask? If you've read Fahrenheit 451, you'll know the reference: "Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out."*

Master Ridley's Pepper Paste
Ingredients can be easily multiplied for larger batches. A double batch of these ingredients should yield about a half pint of paste.
  • 1 dried Guajillo pepper
  • 10-12 Cayenne peppers (cut off and discard the stems and roughly chop. Don't remove the seeds unless you're a huge wuss. If that's the case, make sure you wear gloves and hike up your diaper, too)
  • 2 grated baby carrots
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  1. Combine ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth 
  2. Another tablespoon of vinegar can be added if the sauce is too thick for your liking.
* Nicholas Ridley was a bishop burned at the stake for heresy in 1555
Good times!


  1. WOW. So happy I found you on the Get Him Fed link party! I also host a link party that I would love you to come share on, The Yuck Stops Here. It is open until 8pm ET this Sunday on my blog Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos. I really hope to see you there. If you can’t make it this week, I hope you’ll swing by next week to share! HUGS

    1. I'm glad you enjoy it and thanks for the invite! :)