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Recipe adapted from Jose Enrique, Jose Enrique, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Yield: 1 quart
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes
1 large onion, peeled and cut into 8 pieces
1 large tomato, cored and cut into 8 pieces
1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 Cubanelle pepper, stemmed, seeded and cut into 2-inch pieces (Anaheim or another sweet pepper can be substituted)
5 habanero peppers, stemmed
9 Serrano peppers, stemmed
7 garlic cloves, peeled
About 5 cups extra-virgin olive oil
1. Put the onion, tomato, peppers and garlic cloves in a large braising pan. Add enough olive oil to just cover the vegetables and set over low heat. Cook uncovered for 4 hours.
2. Strain the vegetables from the oil, reserving the oil. Place the vegetables in a blender with about ½ to 1 cup of the reserved olive oil. (You can adjust the heat by reserving a few habanero or Serrano peppers and blending them in as needed to taste.) Blend, season to taste with salt, and add more reserved olive oil as needed until it reaches a hot sauce consistency. (The remaining olive oil from the pan can be used as a sauce for other dishes.) Season to taste with salt.
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