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Sichuan Chili Oil

A friend of mine, who is originally from the province of Sichuan, told me how to make this side. Thanks, Didi! I couldn't believe how easy it was! Being a lover of all foods spicy, this side is something I use often to "spice" up my meal. The addition of the ginger enhances the flavor of the chili oil.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup crushed pepper
  • 1 cup oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 inch ginger, sliced thinly
  • 1 to 2 tbsp sichuan peppercorn

Directions

  1. Heat oil in small pot.
  2. Add sliced ginger, Sichuan peppercorns and salt to oil.
  3. Allow ginger to get fragrant and brown in heated oil. Remove ginger slices once brown. Leave Sichuan peppercorns in oil.
  4. Turn heat off.
  5. Add crushed pepper to hot oil.
  6. Let oil and crushed peppers mingle.
  7. Serve as a side to any food that needs spicing up.
  8. Once cooled, place in a jar and refrigerate.

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