Piri Piri Sauce Recipe

It was probably the Portuguese who introduced the Chilli Pepper as we know it to Europe and the Far East. They were probably also the first to use peppers to create a hot sauce, not hot maybe by today's standards, but nevertheless piri-piri is the Portuguese Original. Look for Cayenne peppers and if you can't get them New Mexico or pequin.

4 chilli peppers, cleaned and finely chopped
juice of one Lemon
3 cloves of garlic, minced
one tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley, (optional)
one tablespoon Paprika
4 tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Salt

Remove stems and seeds from peppers - take the necessary precautions when handling hot peppers.

Grind and mix all ingredients to a fine paste by hand or use a blender or food processor. If you want to go hotter add ground cayenne pepper of pepper flakes to taste. Cook in a hot frying-pan for a few minutes.

Store in a sterilized jar in the refrigerator. The flavour will develope over the following week.