A Spicy Gift Guide for the Holidays

Here’s a spicy gift guide for the holidays your heat seeker friends and family will love. They’re unique, fun and spicy so you’ll proably want to buy two…one to give, another to keep! Isn’t that how it usually works? What better way to spend the holidays with awesome treats to heat things up that can also be shared? So ditch those socks you were planning on giving and add these spicy goods. Hope you enjoy my gift guide and let’s keep things spicy folks!

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1. Just WOW! Someone please send me this! My two favorite things, bacon and chile peppers! You can’t go wrong with this habanero bacon from Tender Belly.

2. I haven’t tried this spicy beer yet but Rogue has gone on and made a sriracha stout. The most talked about hot sauce this year has now made it into beer! I’m not sure how I feel about it but its definitely worth a try. I’ve had a chipotle porter for a more chocolatey, spiced, smoky flavor which I enjoyed and this one would be a great choice, especially for sriracha lovers. Let me know if you get your hands on it.

3. This is a fun kit from Grow and Make. The set includes everything you need to whip up your own hot sauce. A pretty cool gift for spicy food lovers! Just make sure you give them goggles and a face mask too…kidding, these may not be too hot but definitely a fun project for a weekend night.

4. And if you don’t want to make your own, get this set from Salamander Hot sauce makers. Their Whiskey hot sauce is pretty amazing and friggin hot! I made these awesome hot wings with this sauce for a finger licking appetizer.

 

Hot and Spicy Red Savina Habanero Pepper Vinegar

Whether you’re growing chile peppers and yielded a plentiful harvest or you bought too many, here’s a quick and easy solution for using up some of those chiles. Make this hot and spicy red savina habanero pepper vinegar to drizzle on just about anything your heart desires. These red savina habanero peppers are super hot, about 6-8 times hotter than jalapenos but they have this sweet citrus flavor that I just love. Now that doesn’t mean I’ll bite into a whole one, I know my limits, but I do like using it sparingly so they enhance my food, not mask it!

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I didn’t grow these peppers, I have been buying them once I knew my plants were ruined. This is the second time I tried growing habaneros and a few other super hots but the weather was too extreme here. Just when I thought the seedlings were strong enough to take outside I would have to bring them back in because of all the torrential downpours we got. It rained the whole entire month of May and part of June here and July was an inferno so that just destroyed my plants. I’m not giving up though, third time is a charm no?!

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For this habanero pepper vinegar you’ll need an 8 or 10 oz glass bottle or jar. I like the bail lid lock bottles since it’s easier for drizzling and the bail lid keeps contents fresh…they look really pretty too. While in New Orleans, I saw these types of vinegars on most restaurant tables, apparently it’s the condiment of the South and one I like to keep in my frig!

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You can drizzle this hot and spicy habanero pepper vinegar over salad, french fries, pepper steak, sandwiches and chicken. Very versatile, spicy and delicious!

Red Savina Habanero Pepper Vinegar
Cuisine: Condiment
 
Ingredients
  • 2-3 habanero chile peppers, sliced
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4-5 cloves
  • ½ tsp peppercorns
Instructions
  1. Bring the water and vinegar to a simmer. Add the sugar and salt and stir to dissolve.
  2. Let mixture boil and remove from heat. Add the peppers, cloves and peppercorns to mixture and let it cool completely.
  3. Pour mixture into a clean glass bottle, stuff the peppers in if needed.
  4. Refrigerate for up to a month.