Sunday, June 22, 2014

Easy Whiskey-Sriracha Caramel Sauce

Time: less than 15 minutes
Yields: approximately 3/4 cup caramel sauce

Whiskey+sriracha is one of my favorite combinations: it's spicy, sweet, vibrant and smokey—perfect in candy or drizzled over popcorn and baked

While I usually use the Rooster Sauce version of sriracha, I decided to use Ninja Squirrel combined with Jack Daniel's Whiskey for this application, because it's a tad bit sweeter and tangier. Developed by Sarno Bros. Wicked Healthy Food, this sriracha is non-GMO, and offers just the right amount of balanced heat that plays perfectly off of the smooth smokey notes of the whiskey. 

This caramel sauce is clingy and thick, and won't solidify when stored in the freezer because of the alcohol content. Once cooled, drizzle as desired over or into:


INGREDIENTS
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk (skim the heavy portion off the top of the can)
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt (preferably fluer de sel or grey salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 TB whiskey (I used Jack Daniel's)
2 TB sriracha


METHOD
Whisk together the brown sugar and coconut cream in a heavy-bottomed, medium-sized saucepan and heat over medium low heat until it comes to a small simmer. 

Add in the salt and stir, then continue to allow it to simmer, without stirring, for about 7 minutes.

Remove from the heat. Slowly sprinkle in the baking powder (it will bubble and rise, so take care), then carefully and slowly add in the whiskey, stir, then the sriracha and stir again, taking care because it will bubble and rise some more. 

Transfer the caramel sauce to a jar and place in the freezer to chill. The whiskey will inhibit the caramel from becoming solid. You can keep it in the freezer and simply scoop out the desired amount as needed.

To clean your pot and utensils, just fill the pot with hot water and throw in any utensils you used into the pot. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes—the caramel should slide right out of the pot very easily.



14 comments:

  1. Holy cow this is wicked awesome!

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    1. Thanks for making such a great product, Derek!

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  2. so, is regular rooster sriracha GMO?

    dw is not a fan of alcohol, does it taste alcohol-y?

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    1. Lan, I'm not exactly sure! I don't see the verified GMO logo on my bottle of rooster sauce, but who knows? This does taste pretty alcohol-y ... you can cut back to 1 TB or 1 tsp of whiskey if you like, but if you do so, I would refrigerate, because it might harden in the freezer. If you do end up making, I hope you and dw enjoy!

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  3. Sriracha and whiskey??! Sounds like a crazy combo! But I trust you know what you're doing... :)

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  4. I love your creativity! Pinning this for when I get the courage up to sample some. :)

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  5. I'm not sure the idea of a food has ever blown my mind before... until now. Can't wait to try this!

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  6. Could I use this same recipe for normal caramel sauce and leave out the sriracha and/or whiskey? I have been looking for a recipe to go with salted caramel cupcakes and I think the whiskey would be great but sriracha might be too much for a cupcake. Any thoughts? Thank you!

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    1. Yes! This is really just a basic caramel sauce when you leave out the whiskey/sriracha -- you can add in any flavorings you want to it!

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    2. Wonderful! I can't wait to play with this. Thank you!

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  7. This sounds like heaven. What do you suggest it be served with? I use sriracha mostly on cauliflower, whiskey for drinking and haven't had caramel in years! Is this a dessert sauce? Thanks.

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    1. I hope you enjoy! I've listed serving suggestions in the bulleted list above in the post, but I'm sure there are many more possibilities for both sweet and savory applications.

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  8. How long do you think this would keep? I'm wondering if I could do it for Christmas presents, but I wouldn't want to do it if it only keeps a week or something. Thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    1. Dawn, If this is kept in the freezer, it should last a month or more. I hope you enjoy!

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