"Big Blue" Blueberry Hot Sauce

Even though the majority of us here at We Ate That are New York Jets fans we would like to show our respect of the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants by naming this recipe "Big Blue" Blueberry Hot Sauce.  

This recipe is a result of the local grocery store having some great looking blueberries.  We tried to think of a unique way to use them and decide Blueberry Hot Sauce could be very interesting as none of us have ever had this let alone heard of it.  So we found a recipe online and decided to modify it a little bit and this is what we came up with.

Ingredients:

  • 5 Jalapeno Peppers ( we removed the seeds from 3 of the peppers and left 2 of them as is)
  • 1 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. of sugar 
  • 1 carton of fresh blueberries
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Agave (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place jalapenos into a sauce pan with oil.  Sauté for 5 minutes and then add blueberries.  
  2. Makes sure to coat berries in the oil, then add in the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.
  3. Allow mixture to simmer for 10 minutes to allow the blueberries to breakdown.
  4. Take mixture and place into a food processor or blender.  Blend mixture until smooth.
  5. Mix in sugar, and taste sauce is not sweet enough add in more sugar to taste.
  6. We had Agave in the cabinet so we added about a tablespoon instead of sugar (learn more below)
  7. If your mixture is too thick,  add in water to help thin the sauce.  
  8. You may now jar the sauce and allow it to age as is or you can strain out the pulp.

As you can see above our sauce ended up thicker than we had wanted to we added in more water to give us a thinner sauce.

Results:

We have never made this recipe and we were pleasantly surprised with how it came out.  It packed a lot of heat but was nicely offset buy the sweetness of the berries.  This sauce works nicely with chicken as we tried it on some frozen chicken nuggets.  It should pair nicely with chicken wings. It is not your average hot sauce, but should have people talking.

Learn about Agave:

Agave is a natural sweetener that is often used as a supplement for sugar or honey.  It is said to be 1.4 to 1.6 times sweeter than sugar.  It is made from the stalks of the Blue Agave Americana plants found in South Africa and Mexico.  It is easily dissolved in liquids making it a easy product to use in your cooking.