Thursday, May 20, 2010
There are a couple chefs that I enjoy watching whenever I get the chance. One of them is Daisy Martinez. Her show airs on PBS (Public Broadcasting System). I just happen to LOVE PBS. I also love Daisy. I love how peppy she is. She's cute and funny. I always enjoy listening to her stories as she prepares amazingly delicious looking food. I have made her recipes and they turn out great. I absolutely love her Moros y Christianos. Must make that soon.
One of the things I seen her do recently is make pineapple vinagre. I had never heard of it. After doing some research I found her recipe and really liked that one the best.
Next time you have a pineapple- don't through the skins away- make pineapple vinagre.
Adapted from Daisy's recipe here. Use on bean dishes, in chilies, on fish or poultry. It has great flavor with some definite pineapple undertones.
2 ripe pineapples
1/2 large Spanish onion, sliced thin
1 tablespoon smashed fresh oregano leaves
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
20 garlic cloves, crushed
2 Habanero peppers or chili pepper of your choice, stems cut off, peppers coarsely chopped (I originally started with ten but after my lips caught fire I decided to take out a few.)
1 tablespoon cider vinegar, or as needed
1/2 teaspoon salt, or as needed
Cut sides off pineapple and place in a stock pot. Place core in stock pot as well. Discard the top and bottom of the pineapple. Fill pot with enough water to cover pineapple. Heat to a boil, turn down heat and let simmer for 30 minutes.
While pineapple skins are cooking prepare a quart sized jar with onions sliced, peppercorns, garlic cloves (smash them a little so they exude their loveliness), habaneros sliced, oregano, vinegar and salt.
Strain pineapple and pour into other ingredients. Let sit in a dark spot, swirling every so often, for about three weeks. Refrigerate after this time. If you don't feel comfortable leaving it out of the fridge go ahead and place it in the refrigerator.
Notes: After the first couple days, flavors will begin to meld. If you taste it right after you mix it you will be punched in the face by the habanero. Don't get mad at that poor habanero- he's just doing what he does best.