Spicy, crispy, and HOT, in all imaginable ways.
I created these homemade buffalo potato wedges when my husband was on a restrictive diet – no grains, legumes, dairy or sweeteners – but still wanted to have a little “fun food” for a Super Bowl party.
He loves spicy stuff and went completely head over heels for Frank’s hot sauce, which is Whole30 compliant and pretty clean as far as ingredients go. But I have a thing for cute peppers at the Farmer’s Market, and when I’m wandering the stands on a sunny Michigan summer day, I tend to make impulse buys and then wonder what to do with a quart of cute peppers.
Turns out it’s not hard at all to make a homemade Frank’s hot sauce substitute, and you can even choose from naturally fermented or vinegar versions. Both are good, although as expected, the version with vinegar mimics the real Frank’s more precisely.
Recipe: Homemade Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce (“Frank’s” Taste-a-like)
- 18 cayenne peppers
- 1½ c. white vinegar
- 4 cloves garlic, paper removed
- ½ tsp. salt
- Wash the peppers and trim off the stem.
- Put all the ingredients in a medium pot and bring to a boil.
- Simmer on low for 25 minutes.
- Once cooled enough to handle safely, pour everything into a blender and blend into a smooth, saucy consistency.
- Pour back into the pot and simmer another 15 minutes.
- Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Lasts at least 6 months.
- Wash the peppers (you don't even have to remove the stems if you don't want to).
- Place the garlic in the bottom of the jar.
- Fill the jar with peppers, attempting to press them in firmly so that they sort of hold each other down to prevent floaters from poking out of the liquid.
- Either add the salt and water and simply shake to dissolve, OR ensure success by heating ½ cup of water and dissolving the salt into it. Once cooled to body temp or below, pour the water into the jar and add more to cover all the peppers completely.
- Put a lid on the jar and ferment in a dark place (cupboard is fine) for 2 weeks. I usually set a calendar reminder so I don't forget to get it out. (You can use an airlock, see below, or just a regular lid.)
- After 2 weeks, pour the contents of the jar into a blender and puree into a smooth sauce. Store in the jar in the refrigerator for up to a year. (I don't recommend using two-part canning lids with a ring, because they'll corrode with this recipe. Use a plastic lid.)
The fermented version is less of a favorite although still delicious, especially in recipes instead of just poured on top. See that nifty air-lock on top of the jar in the photo on the right? That helps your ferments stay safe and mold-free. It’s possible to make a ferment without any special equipment at all – and if you’re interested in fermented foods you totally have to check out my friend Wardee’s incredible class – but to make this recipe without worry you can get an air-lock kit that fit regular mason jars.
My husband seriously puts this hot sauce on everything:
- egg scrambles
- fried potatoes
- beans and rice dishes
- rice dishes
- bean dishes
- cooked meats
- tacos and nachos
- yep…I know…truly everything (but dessert)
Some days I worry he’ll leave me and marry Frank.
That’s why I have to keep cooking for him.
I guarantee that when Super Bowl comes this year and he’s right in the midst of another Whole30, we’ll be having these spicy roasted potatoes. Probably with extra hot sauce on the side!
Recipe: Buffalo Potato Wedges
- 3 lbs potatoes, cut into wedges
- 1 Tbs. seasoning salt
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ c. butter or ghee melted
- 6 Tbs. hot pepper sauce (Frank's or homemade)
- Toss potatoes with seasoning salt and EVOO. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Spread in a single layer on cookie sheets or baking stones. Bake at 425F for 25-30 mins.
- Mix melted butter or ghee with hot pepper sauce and toss with potatoes in a bowl.
- Return wedges to the oven for another 10-15 minutes (can be at a lower temp if you need to bake something else at the same time). Watch carefully for browning.
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Want to adapt it for kids with more sensitive tongues? Just leave off the hot sauce and follow the same directions. We usually do one pan of “Daddy’s fries” and one for everybody else.
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