One thing I like about Blue Apron is that they introduce you to new ingredients. In the Vietnamese Chicken Wings dinner there was a spicy paste called Sambal Oelek. As I like spicy, food…but, hate sriracha I was interested to taste the paste. It was wonderful! So, after loving the dinner I decided to try to either make my own or find some to buy.
While researching ingredients and recipes I realized that I had all the ingredients I needed to try making some! Out came the blender.
Mix in the blender:
- 3oz package of dried red chilies, stems removed
- 15 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 cup safflower oil
- 3/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup lime juice
I mixed this all together and it was HOT (not kidding). I realized that some might say it was HOT and without much flavor. So, I added 15 pickled garlic cloves and a tablespoon (or so) of the pickling juice. I like it better after this addition.
Still, it is HOT. This is not a joke! Use with caution.