Make your own chilli oil
Whilst out shopping I always admire the foodie gifts that stores have to offer at Christmas time. I’ve noticed year on year the fabulous bottles filled with flavoured oils..lemon, garlic, chilli infused oils seem to be everywhere. But my admiration disappears when I see the price tag, and that’s when it occurred to me that these oils are pretty simple to make yourself!
I previously posted that I had received some chillies from Ben at Capsicana (http://www.capsicana.co.uk/) and what better way to make use of my chillies than this!
■1 Bottle Olive Oil (or groundnut etc)
■Finely Chopped Fresh Chillies and Dried Chillies of your choice (I used Piquin chillies)
■1-2 tsp of Annatto Powder (Optional)
It’s pretty simple…all you need to do is warm the oil gently in a pan and add the finely chopped chillies. You can select the chillies you like best, there is no rule here, just chuck in what you like and how much you want…obviously the more you add the hotter the result! I crushed some of my piquin chillies up a little to let the flavour infuse into the oil and also added some chilli seeds.
Leave the chillies soaking in the oil for about 5 minutes and then take off the heat. You can now add the annatto powder or any dried chilli seeds/paprika powder for some extra colouring.
Grab a nice bottle and once the oil has cooled, get a funnel and pour in the chilli oil.
I absolutely love garlic with everything so I also added a few crushed cloves to the oil with the chillies for an interesting combination. You could perhaps add some cardamon pods or whatever takes your fancy, it’s all about experimenting and seeing what you like best!
Chilli oil is great added to a pizza or used in a stir-fry, in fact I have been adding it to pretty much everything!