Most of my gifts to family and friends this year will be homemade. I knew I wanted to do something with the leftover dried chilies I had from the Marx Food Chile Challenge. A big sale on grapeseed oil caught my eye and the outcome was a charred Chile oil gift.
10 dried chilies
3/4 C. grapeseed oil
2 T. white wine vinegar
2 T. sugar
1 T. garlic, minced
1 T. kosher salt
juice from 1/2 lime
Place dried chilies in a hot cast iron pan. Char a few minutes on each side. Doesn’t take long at all. Make sure to run the ventilation fan or open a door or window.
Juice half of a lime.
Put it all, except oil, in the food processor and whirl until combined. Pulse in oil.
Bottle and give as gifts, or enjoy yourself!
This is great drizzled on a sandwich or combine with mayo and make spread, use it as a bread dip, on grilled vegetables, or just straight up as salad dressing