[CH] Zhug (the killer app)

Naughyde (Naughyde@aol.com)
Fri, 22 May 1998 00:00:54 EDT

This recipe was posted to the list several years ago, I think by the gentleman
who was a newspaper editor (in Seattle?).  I have fond memories of the zhug I
had in Israel last year, and it's a fun word to say, but I haven't tried the
recipe yet.  Erica
<<YEMENITE ZHUG (Yemenite Hot Sauce)
1 lb. serranos
5 whole heads of garlic, peeled
1 bunch fresh cilantro, well rinsed
1 tsp dried hot red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/2 tsp powdered cumin
salt to taste
Olive oil to cover

Blend in food processor. Makes + or - about a pint. Stores well in

Now, some variations. Use habs, seeds and all. Serranos taste wonderful
but habs taste better and pack more kick. I use seeds and all, just cut
off the stems.

Add some olive oil while blending. Your mileage may vary.

For "dried hot red pepper flakes" I use my other killer app, habs and
chipotles, 1 to 1, ground fine.

Does 5 whole heads of garlic seem a bit much? Resist the temptation to
scrimp. Inconceivable that a C-H would be a garlic wimp.

You can't beat this combination of flavors. Add it to anything you can
think of. Let your imagination run wild. I use it a lot for salad dressing
bases. For me, a dab of zhug, then olive oil and lemon juice, is all a
salad needs.>>