Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
Sometimes when I’m making a recipe — whether following a recipe or making things up as I go — I like to add a little heat just to make things interesting. With that, I’m what one would call a “wuss” when it comes to spicy foods and can’t handle “too much heat”. This is why I like infused oils. They can give a great boost of flavor without overwhelming either the dish or my taste buds.
Infusing your own oils is a great and easy way to save a few dollars instead of purchasing specialty oils that can be quite expensive. However, you do want to make sure that the base olive oil that you start with is of good quality. This recipe makes one pint.
Lemon Chili Oil – from The Art of Preserving
Pour the olive oil into a small saucepan.
Grate the zest from the lemons directly into the pan, letting it fall into the oil.
Add the chilies and the bay leaf. Clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan.
Heat the oil over medium low heat until the thermometer registers 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cook the oil for ten minutes making sure it falls between 200 and 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
Let cool slightly and using a funnel, pour the oil into a hot, sterilized bottle.
Cover tightly and store at room temperature for up to 2 months.