Chili Oil

If you ever had any reservations about #nightshades (I did), read on @ Huffington Post.


Speaking of #nightshades, here is one of my favorite recipes for Chili Oil. If you like #heat, it's the perfect condiment. The story:


"My roommate used to come back from the west village, usually late at night with her boyfriend in tow, and a container of ‘hacked chicken’, an irresistible dish made out of chopped, steamed, chicken (skin, bone and all), smothered in a sauce made with chili oil. The seasonings had just the right amount of salt and heat to make a lifetime fan out of me"

Serving suggestion: Try chili oil on cold sesame noodles .




CHINESE CHILI OIL


Ingredients:

-1 1/2 cups peanut oil

-5 star anise

- 2 bay leaves

-3 tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns

-3/4 cup crushed red pepper flakes

-1- 1/1/2 teaspoons salt (no taste)


Directions:

Heat the oil, star anise, bay leaves and peppercorns in a small saucepan over medium high heat. When the oil starts to bubble slightly, turn the heat down to medium-low and cook for 30 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on the oil. You don't want to burn the spices; it will affect the flavor. Maintain a slight bubbling, not a boil. Adjust the heat up or down if necessary, to maintain a slight bubbling throughout the cooking process.

When the oil is done cooking, let it cool for five minutes. Place the pepper flakes and salt in a heat proof container and pour the oil through a fine mesh strainer over the pepper flakes. Discard seeds and pods. Let cool completely and store in a cool, dry place.