Torrisi's Spicy Sauce

By • December 4, 2012 • 25 Comments



Author Notes: A DIY hot sauce you can make from the bottles and cans in your pantry all year round, with just one step. It also makes a great last minute edible gift, and will keep for up to 6 months in the fridge. Recipe adapted very slightly from Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, via New York Magazine.Genius Recipes

Makes 2 cups

  • 4 ounces B&G hot cherry peppers (or other pickled hot peppers), stemmed
  • 2 ounces roasted red peppers
  • 2 ounces crushed tomato
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon chile flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender, and mix until slightly smooth.
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6 months ago tastysweet

Update: It didn't thicken up much more in the refrig. But the flavor was there. Did mix some with mayo and put it on a sandwich. Quite good. But will add less EVOO next time. I think I would like a thicker sauce.

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6 months ago Rkelly3042

Love this! Want to have some everyday-ok I think I will!

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6 months ago tastysweet

I just made this, exactly per the recipe. Even have a scale to exactly measure out weight of peppers, cherry peppers(cored the stem end)and crushed tomatoes. Took a taste and it seems ok. Maybe wondering if a little less EVOO. I think I would like it a bit thicker. I am sure after sitting in refrig. the flavors should meld together. I think I saw a comment, maybe not, about adding to mayo for a sandwich spread. . Love that idea.

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8 months ago KellyBcooks

I made this for my coworkers as their holiday gift last year and they all loved it!! They talked about it all year long. I was wondering what to make this year for a gift to give them all, but decided on going with this recipe again as they all are still talking about it and it is fantastic!! I will be known by the Torrisi spicy sauce I give out during holidays... Shoot, I can get with this!

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8 months ago msigur

I'd love to send this as part of a Christmas gift. Any idea how long this cake will retain its freshness?

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8 months ago msigur

Oops, commented on the wrong recipe

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10 months ago The Improbable Chef

Thank you! I'll be making it this week.

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10 months ago The Improbable Chef

Kirsten, I don't have a blender or food processor. Would this work if I made it using a vegetable mouli?

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10 months ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Yes, I think that a mouli (or food mill) would work -- I would use a disc with larger holes, because I like a bit of texture in the sauce.

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over 1 year ago Alexandra Stafford

Forget my previous question. I got over my laziness, puréed the canned plum tomatoes, and made the sauce in all of about 10 minutes. Delish! Serving it tonight with Skirt steak. Can't wait! Thanks.

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over 1 year ago Alexandra Stafford

Sorry if this question is annoying: is tomato paste an acceptable substitute for crushed tomato? I'm just feeling lazy about going to the store. I do have a can of San Marzano peeled tomatoes that I could purée in the food processor, which is probably my best bet, right? Again, just feeling lazy. Can't wait to try this!

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over 1 year ago Pointer35

I ran out of store bought sauce a few weeks ago, so since i haven't went to market to replace it. I'm trying this wonderful recipe. If it turns out well, i may never buy another bottle.
Thank You!

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over 1 year ago Deb R

Yum! Delicious stocking stuffer. Folks will be so happy tomorrow.

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over 1 year ago Steve Maiolini

I just made it, and it is great and probably get better with a little age. One question, who is Torrisi?

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over 1 year ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Torrisi's Italian Specialties is an amazing Italian-American restaurant in New York -- here are the people behind it: http://www.torrisinyc.com...

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over 1 year ago Victoria G

My sister is a spice lover, so rather than fight the Sriracha sauce on all things, I whipped up a double batch to tuck in with her Christmas presents. It's so good my whole family is trying it. Delicious on a strip of turkey straight from the fridge. Next, that piece of cheddar.

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over 1 year ago eboyd

Am thinking a small jar of this with a nice wedge of cheese and some good crackers would make a great hostess gift. What cheeses would you pair it with? A sharp white cheddar? or something milder like a manchego? Would love to hear some thoughts... thanks!

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over 1 year ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

That sounds like a lovely present -- and a sharp aged cheddar would be perfect, like Beecher's Flagship Cheddar http://store.beechershandmadecheese...

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over 1 year ago eboyd

Thank you, Kristen! I can't wait to try this out!

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over 1 year ago Mutz

Are using fresh or canned tomatoes?

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over 1 year ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

They're canned! (Everything in here is a panty ingredient.)

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over 1 year ago Nomnomnom

So it's best to use jarred roasted red peppers? Can you use freshly roasted ones made at home? or best not to? Cheers!

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over 1 year ago Anne S

"(Everything in here is a panty ingredient.)" <--Please do not ever edit that typo. I read it five minutes ago & have not recovered from the giggles.

Miglore

over 1 year ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

Oh no! Well, I'm glad it was entertaining at least.

Stringio

over 1 year ago Anne S

And delightful as the sauce itself!

I just made a test batch, & was worried about the color because the only hot peppers I could lay my hands on were mostly green. I was afraid they would turn the sauce an unappealing gray color blended with the red peppers and tomato--but dull orange is how it came out, and while that's less vibrant than pictured, the flavor is fantastic!