Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

I've searched and searched for the perfect sweet, sour and spicy dipping sauce. I've been buying three different bottled varieties and mixing them together to get the taste I wanted. I've looked at numerous recipes and they are all so different. This is the second recipe I tried and it is PERFECT. I wouldn't change a single thing about this sauce.

After we had this with dinner last night, both of my older boys were grinning like crazy and they informed me it was even better than store bought. The boys have asked me to make lumpia again, just so we can use this sauce with it. I agree, this sauce is definitely better than anything I've bought from a store. This sauce is fantastic!

Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
recipe barely adapted from Andrea The Kitchen Witch
Yield: approximately 2 cups
(printable recipe)

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons chili paste, I used Sambal Oelek
3 cloves garlic, crushed and left whole
1 carrot, very finely grated, I used a microplane grater for this
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon arrowroot or cornstarch

Combine all ingredients, except the cornstarch, in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Allow it to boil on high heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. While this is boiling, whisk or stir together the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water.

After 3 minutes, slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the boiling mixture on the stove. Stir to combine and reduce heat to a low boil. Allow it to boil, stirring frequently, for 2 more minutes. Taste and add more chili paste if desired. Remove and discard the garlic. Serve warm or allow to cool and refrigerate until needed. Sauce can be served hot or cold. Enjoy!

Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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10 comments:

  1. This looks so good, I love what the cornstarch does to the sauce. Now you've got me craving something--- anything--- dippable!

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  2. My neighbor and exercise buddy was telling me about a bottle sauce like this that she loves. I was talking about making spring rolls and she recommended a brand from the local Asian grocery. But now that you've made this- I am rethinking the store bought stuff. My daughter would flip for this. Thanks for another great recipe!

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  3. Pinned it, I was wanting to make a version of this this weekend, but I hadn't seen this yet. Saving it for sure!

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  4. That looks so good. How long does it keep, would you say?

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    1. I'd be comfortable with keeping it a week or two in the refrigerator. I have a little bit left in my jar and I'm planning to use it this weekend. There is enough vinegar in this sauce that I'm not concerned with it spoiling.

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  5. This is what I have been searching for, but have no chili paste.....must I not omit this, or could I do it with all other ingredients?

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    1. Hi Sharon,

      The chili paste is a crucial ingredient, you will not get the same result without out. Here's a link with information on how to make your own chili paste. (However, it's unlikely that you have hot peppers just waiting to be used either!)

      Good luck,
      Mary

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    2. Some people don't like the heat and use tomato paste of ketchup instead. Instead of chili paste you can use a hot sauce like sirachi.

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  6. this looks so yummy! have you tried water-bath or pressure canning it? seems like it would make sweet little presents, and plus it would just be nice to always have on hand!

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  7. Mary, my son-in-law made this for me and it is the best dipping sauce I have ever tasted. We did do the 2 Tablespoons first and it was too hot for us so we just made another batch and omitted the chili past and then mixed it with the first and it was perfect!! I strongly suggest if anyone is trying it for the first time to start with 1 Tablespoon of chili paste.

    We also have canned it we did use clear-jel for the thickener so it would can well. I like being able to go to the pantry and grab a jar :) I absolutely love love it.It will also keep in the fridge for weeks.

    I found my Sambal Oelek chili paste on Amazon really reasonable if anyone can't find it at the store you can get a package of 6 bottles (share with a friend) for less than 17.00 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001EO5Z56/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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