27 Aug I Order Takeout From This Restaurant Just for the Hot Sauce
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When it comes to hot sauce, I donât need the kind that comes in a bottle with a flaming skull, threatening to incinerate my insides. I want a bit of heat, but mostly I want flavor. I want something I can put on everything, from eggs to rice to whatever sandwich Iâm making.
Turns out I want the hot sauce at Jackâs Wife Freda. I just didnât know it till the immensely popular New York City lunch-and-brunch spot opened an outpost a few blocks from my apartment in Chelsea.
JWF (we can just call it that, yes?) makes its own sauceâa creamy (looking) verdant green concoction that delivers just enough bite while singing of garlic, cilantro, and fresh chiles.
Whenever I order takeout from JWF, I always request a few extra containers for my fridge and I end up reaching for it all week. But now that I know how simple it is to whip up the stuff after reading through the cookbook they published a couple years ago, I might just have to start making it myself.
Jackâs Wife Freda Hot Sauce
1 jalapeÃ±o chile
1 serrano chile
3 garlic cloves
2 bunches of cilantro, stems removed
Â¼ cup sunflower seed oil
Slice the jalapeÃ±o and serrano chiles into half-inch rings, seeds included.
Put the chiles into a blender with the garlic and cilantro.
Add Â¼ cup water and the oil and blend on high speed for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the mixture is smooth and consistent. Season with salt and additional water if the mixture is too thick.
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