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Salsa Roja #2

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Category: Sauces

 Ingredients List

  • 3 Dried New Mexico chiles
  • -(Pasilla; Guajillo, or
  • -Ancho chiles)
  • 3 Dried Serrano chiles or
  • -chile Arbol; or Thai Bird
  • -chiles
  • 3 Cloves garlic; separated &
  • -skins left on
  • Boiling water
  • Salt to taste


Heat a large flat griddle or skillet over high heat. Place the chiles on
the dry skillet, along with the garlic. Check them every few minutes,
looking for brown spots as they toast on the dry griddle; turn both the
chiles and the garlic cloves, keeping an eye on the color and more
importantly on the aroma. When the scent changes and takes on a toasty,
rich character, they're done. Remove them from heat and let them cool for a
few seconds.

When cool enough to handle (the peppers cool more quickly than the garlic,
which in turn takes longer to cook), pull out the stems, veins, seeds and
placentas from the chiles. Tear the skins into medium-sized chunks and
place them in a small bowl. Pour boiling water over them just to cover,
then place a smaller bowl or saucer over the peppers to keep them immersed
in the water. Set your timer for at least 30 minutes before continuing.
After the peppers have had time to soak well, pour the peppers and water
into a blender. Peel the skins off the garlic cloves (which should smell
sweet, smoky and wonderful in their own right) and drop them into the
blender as well. Puree thoroughly. The sauce will be chunky; if appearance
is important, you can strain it through a wire strainer to get the larger
pieces of the skin out of the mixture. (I begrudge the amount of sauce that
clings to the mesh myself...) Taste it; add salt and serve immediately.


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