Sweet and Fiery Chile Sauce
- 1 cup dried red chile peppers
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup garlic coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup rice vinegar
Slice of the stems of the chile peppers. Slice the peppers in half lengthwise and remove most, if not all of the seeds. Discard the seeds or save for another use.
Combine the chile peppers, water and garlic in a small saucepan and let sit for 5 minutes. Set over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes.
Let the mixture cool slightly and then transfer to the jar of a blender or food processor. Add sugar and process, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary, until the chile peppers have been broken down into very small pieces. Add the vinegar and pulse a couple times to combine. Transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate.