New Ways to Use Hot Sauce
Men love to brag about how much heat they can handle, whether that means “atomic” chicken wings or ordering the extra hot meal at Nando’s (warning: for serious chilli lovers). But truly spectacular spicy food doesn’t sacrifice other sensations to a pyromaniac palate. Too much heat can diminish your ability to taste, but just the right amount of heat can heighten your awareness of other flavors. That’s why a balance of chillies’ pungency with creamy butter, tangy lime, or sweet brown sugar makes for a more satisfying eating experience than one based on pain alone. And don’t forget one of the cardinal rules of spicy food – beer is the new wine.
HOT AND CREAMY DRESSING
To spice up a simple buttermilk dressing, whisk buttermilk with a touch of mayo, a dash of cider vinegar, lemon juice, finely minced shallot, chopped dill and a hit of hot sauce. Try it on a roast chicken salad.
Slow-cook some steel-cut oats and finish them with a little butter, milk and fresh thyme leaves. Top the cereal with a fried egg – soft yolk, a little lacy at the edge – and season it with a generous shake of hot sauce.