Tabasco sauce has only three simple ingredients: vinegar, red pepper, and salt.
No preservatives. Nothing artificial or unpronounceable. Just those three ingredients.
And despite (or because of!) it's simplicity, Tabasco has become a universal table condiment. It's certainly earned it's place next to ketchup and mustard, and is revered everywhere from deep South barbecue joints to our own dining rooms.
And as an ingredient in our cooking, Tabasco can do even more to set off fireworks in our mouth. Read on!
We've been talking a lot these past few weeks about how to taste, what you're tasting for, and how to cook without recipes. Consider Tabasco one more tool in your box of Chef Tricks!
Each of the three ingredients in Tabasco plays a specific role in enhancing flavors in sauces, soups, and just about everything else:
- Vinegar adds bright notes. It picks up the more subtle flavors in your dish and gives them a boost.
- The hot pepper also works as a flavor enhancer. The burst of heat carries those high notes, helping them linger on the tongue.
A little definitely goes a long way, so be careful not to overpower your dish!
The next time you think your dish needs "a little something" try just a few dashes. Even this small amount will help bring out the flavors and the heat won't be intolerable to sensitive guests.
Do you use Tabasco in your cooking?
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