Hot pepper butter, despite its name, doesn’t contain any actual butter. Instead, it’s a tangy, sweet, and spicy sauce that resembles mustard in terms of flavor. This condiment is made from a combination of hot and sweet peppers, mustard, vinegar, sugar, and sometimes flour for thickening. It offers a versatile and flavorful addition to various dishes and has become a favorite condiment for many.
- Hot and sweet peppers (e.g., banana peppers, Hungarian peppers, jalapeños, serranos)
- Flour (for thickening)
- Blend fresh peppers until smooth.
- Combine blended peppers with boiling water, mustard, vinegar, salt, and flour in a pot.
- Simmer and stir constantly to thicken the mixture.
- Once thickened, you’ll have a creamy, flavorful condiment.
- Spread for sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs: The creamy texture and balanced flavors make it a fantastic spread for savory meats and cheeses.
- Cheese plate or charcuterie board: Pair it with cured meats and rich, sharp cheeses.
- Toast: Elevate your breakfast toast by spreading hot pepper butter and layering with avocado, fried egg, caramelized onions, or roasted tomatoes.
- Pretzels: Dip crunchy or soft-baked pretzels into hot pepper butter for a delightful kick.
- Salad dressings: Use it as a sweet and spicy substitute for Dijon or whole grain mustard in vinaigrettes.
- Creamy coleslaw or deviled eggs: Add a kick of flavor to these dishes with hot pepper butter.
- Steak sauce: Mix with horseradish and butter for a luscious steak sauce.
- Pizza and nachos: Some adventurous eaters even use it as a topping for pizza and nachos.
The versatile and bold flavors of hot pepper butter make it a condiment that can easily enhance a wide range of dishes, from morning toast to charcuterie boards and beyond. Its customization options also allow you to control the spice level, making it enjoyable for those who prefer milder flavors as well as heat enthusiasts.