A few days ago I was working out at my apartment's little gym and watching Bobby Flay. I know some people think that he's arrogant (some would use stronger words than that), but I really like him and his show. As part of the show, he made chili oil, which I thought was a brilliant idea!
Here is my chili oil using dried de Arbol peppers from a sample of dried peppers I received from Marx Food in Seattle.
6 dried de Arbol peppers
1 cup vegetable oil
1. In a hot cast iron skillet toast the peppers until they become aromatic.
2. Let the peppers cool a bit, then cut off the tops and remove all the seeds.
3. In a blender puree the peppers with the oil.
4. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve, discarding the remaining bits of the dried peppers.
5. Pour the rest of the "clean" oil into a jar or a bottle. Keep in the refrigerator.
I haven't used this oil yet, but it looks and smells divine! I think it would be good drizzled on salads or added to stirfrys or as part of a marinade for beef or chicken.
How would you use this chili oil?