This project came out because of me feeling like I was short on some stocking stuffers for my husband. What to do? What to do? It’s Christmas Eve and I’m running around World Market. I saw their selection of bottles and I rememberedhow I had done this years before and how much I loved it. We love to cook together and I figured he would really like it. Now, 6 weeks later, it’s fully infused and we drizzled it on pureed zucchini leek soup and he’s in love!
I have a friend who grows amazing jalapeño peppers every summer. What a great thing to do with them when you have more than you know what to do with. They make great homemade gifts too. This would have been even better had I had her fresh, homegrown peppers. This summer I am going to hit her up for some for sure.
1 olive oil bottle something like this… Retro Kitchen Olive Oil, Liquid Dish or Hand Soap Glass Bottle Dispenser ~ G181FS~ Metal Pour Spout Included with Olive Leaf Design Glass Bottle (Cobalt) or your own special bottle and a 1 Olive Oil Liquor Wine Free Flow Bottle Pourer Dispenser Spout Stainless Steel 285-50
3-4 jalapeno peppers (or other kind of peppers that you like)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes
Choose peppers that will fit into the mouth of your bottle. Wash the peppers and cut several slits into the peppers so that the flavor can get into the olive oil. The kind of peppers that you use will flavor the oil. I have done this before with cayenne peppers and it was different and a little more spicy but equally as good. The jalapeño has a more earthy flavor and is a little less spicy but still has a little kick. We cook with it, drizzle it over soups or eggs. It’s really delicious and gives the dish a little extra punch.
Pour the salt and red pepper flakes into a clean, dry bottle using the funnel. Add in the peppers. You may need to use a chopstick to push it all the way in. Add in olive oil to the top of the bottle.
You could also add in various herbs. Rosemary would be a great one. I opted not to do that this time. But if you use herbs, let me know which ones and how it comes out. I’d love to hear about it.
It needs to sit in a cool place for 4-6 weeks for the pepper to infuse into the olive oil completely. As you use it, you should pour a little olive oil into the bottle so that the exposed peppers don’t mold. It keeps for a long time as long as nothing but oil is exposed.
We are loving this oil! I think my next one will be with Tabasco peppers if I can get my hands on some. Anybody in Louisiana want to send me some Tabasco peppers?
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