We've spent the week reaching for a glass of water while we experiment with some of our favorite lip-tingling, sinus-clearing recipes. But the self-inflicted burning sensation on our tongues was invigorating and frankly, we think 5 spicy recipes barely lifts the lid on this Pandora's box. So keep that bottle of hot sauce within reach; we have even more tips for heating up your kitchen.
They may be the same color, but as any hot sauce connoisseur knows, no two brands are exactly alike (hence the stores that stock hundreds of different sauces). Recipes vary greatly based on the types of peppers used and the exact ratios of vinegars, spices, salt, sugar, and other ingredients. One blazing bottle we love is NW Elixirs Hott Sauce #1. A recipe perfected over two years, this condiment is a brilliant balance of heat, tang, spice, and sweet. Using both fresh and dried chiles, the sauce has a smoky, fruity warmth that is well-suited to a range of dishes.
Stir up a Spicy Fry Sauce with 1/2 cup mayo, 1/4 cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons hot sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon worcestershire.
Get a taste of Mississippi with Comeback Sauce - a Thousand Island Dressing/remoulade sauce hybrid- use it as a salad dressing or dipping sauce.
Bring Nashville home with their signature hot chicken. This is not just fried chicken dipped in hot sauce. Add hot sauce to the marinade for chicken the day ahead, mix cayenne into the flour mixture for dredging, and mix more hot sauce and salt with olive oil for a post-fry shellac. Some even add spice to the fry oil.
Mix a few shakes of hot sauce into deeply caramelized onions and use as a burger or sandwich topping.
Whisk hot sauce into egg batter for a spicy Monte Cristo Sandwich layered with ham, turkey, and pepper jack cheese. Alternatively, whisk sauce into batter and use olive bread for a savory French toast.