Homemade Chili Oil
Do you LOVE adding a little extra spice to your dishes? If you ever tire of dumping more hot sauce on your dish or if you simply crave some more subtle, underlying heat to your food, today's recipe is a quick solution. And all you need are two ingredients and a glass container for storing what you make.
Here's what you need:
- 1 cup canola, peanut, or sunflower oil (DO NOT USE OLIVE OIL!!)
- 4 Tablespoons red pepper flakes
Simply put the oil in a small sauce pan. (Don't preheat the pan if that's your typical practice!)Add red pepper flakes.Heat JUST until it boils, then turn off the heat and cover until it cools (about 30 minutes).Strain the flakes from the oil.Put into a glass container WITH a top and store in the fridge. The oil will keep indefinitely.Use by the 1/2 teaspoon full to any stir-fry dishes or to taste in any spicy dishes. In addition, I love to use when I'm making fried rice, or sauteing spinach, or making Huevos Rancheros!
If you're NOT a spice lover, but you know someone who is, this could be your perfect homemade Christmas gift!