If you're anything like me, when you first taste nam phrig noom, the smoky, garlicky, roasted chili dip from Northern Thailand, it's gonna blow your mind. Made with roasted green chilies, shallots, and garlic, it's served as a side dish alongside all sorts of raw and cooked vegetables, boiled eggs, or—my favorite—crispy pork rinds.
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Real-deal tacos al pastor are made by cooking stacked, marinated pork shoulder slices in front of a vertical rotisserie. Here's how to get the same slow-cooked, crisply charred effect at home, no rotisserie required.
A hot sauce in one of its purest forms, Indonesian sambal oelek is merely freshly ground hot red chiles with some salt and vinegar for flavor and preservation. Sure, it's simple, but it's also incredibly awesome and infinitely useful.
Creamy stovetop macaroni and cheese flavored with black beans and chipotle chilies.
Classic creamy stovetop macaroni and cheese get more interesting with tender poached chicken, green chiles, salsa verde, and fresh cilantro.
A tasty brunch (or dinner) dish that combines spicy tomato sauce and eggs.
Those familiar with this Anglo-Indian curry dish will immediately associate it with heat. Phall is widely touted as the hottest of the British curries, although its actual connection to India is limited at best.
Note: if you don't have a gas burner, you can roast the chilis under the broiler element. Just place them as close as possible and cook on high heat, turning them occasionally until completely charred and blistered....
I'm known for going a little overboard with the food when I grill--actually, make that a lot overboard--leaving my guests little incentive to make their own. I need to learn to cut back, because when people do come with their own creations, they tend to be eye-opening, like a Thai basil wrapped beef that graced my grill recently.