Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Old Fashioned Chili Sauce

What do you put on your hot dogs?  I made these for everyone yesterday on the buns I had just baked and we put this chili sauce on them and it was outstanding.  I got the recipe from my friend Laurie at:  http://ilovedacloudyday.blogspot.com/

It's been in her family a long time.
Dice 6 onions (I used candy onions), 3 green peppers (I used my poblanos), and 18-20 tomatoes.  I made half this recipe for 4 pints of sauce.  Add 1-1/2 C. of brown sugar, 2-1/2 C. of cider vinegar, 2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. each of cinnamon, mace, nutmeg and allspice.  And a pinch of cloves. 

Cook it for about 3 hours at a simmer, stirring occasionally. Mine looked a bit watery so I added 1/2 cup of the tomato paste I made the other day.

Towards the end of cooking, I pureed it a bit with the stick blender.  I didn't make it totally smooth, just enough to break up any big chunks.

I continued cooking until it started to thicken and bubble.

I put it in sterilized jars in a water bath for about 8 minutes.

This actually tastes like a very good artisanal ketchup.  Good stuff and a great way to use up your harvest.  Thanks Laurie!