Along with cooking, gardening (being in the outdoors) is probably my second passion and my way of dealing with everyday stress. While I can’t (I do try though) grow many of the tropical fruits and vegetables I grew up enjoying in the Caribbean, I’ve been VERY successful at growing some of the most insane (HOT) peppers in the world. With that in mind, I give you my Green Goddess Sauce.
peppers (assortment | 15-20)
1 teaspoon grated horseradish
5-7 leaves shado beni
1-2 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup mayo
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 lime (juice)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 small bitter-melon (rough chop)
4-6 cloves garlic
Warning! This can be VERY spicy. Please wear gloves, work in a well ventilated room and be sure to wash your hands with soap and water IMMEDIATELY after handling such hot peppers.
I used a food processor to make this insanely spicy (but flavorful) sauce, but I strongly believe that you’ll get better results (more smooth/creamy) from a high speed blender.
Remove the stems off the peppers (I used all green peppers, except for 1 ripe or red Ghost to give the sauce some specks of red) and give them a wash with cool water – drain/dry. Then you’re basically adding all the ingredients mentioned above into a food processor or blender.
While horseradish is not something you find, nor see being used in Caribbean style peppersauce (hot sauce), it adds a wonderful heat profile the peppers cannot deliver.
In case you’re wondering, I used Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, Pimento (aka seasoning peppers), Habanero and Green ghost (Bhut jolokia) peppers. But you can tame things down with less spicy peppers and of course you can use peppers you have available to you. No bell or sweet peppers will NOT work.
Run everything in the food processor or blender until smooth or to the consistency you like.
The mayo + garlic undertone is just outstanding.. without taking away from the HEAT of the peppers and horseradish. The bitter melon is another key addition which helps to bring all the flavors together and the sugar will help to mellow things a little. Honey would be another great addition if you want to play around with the recipe.
This green goddess sauce will last in the fridge (once you use a sterilized glass container) for 5- 8 months. And if you want to change the flavor a little, warm about a teaspoon full in the microwave (not on a metal spoon obviously) and get ready for a totally different taste… it’s as if it awakens the Caribbean Sunshine!