1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon brown sugar
In a small, dry skillet over medium-low heat, combine the achiote, cumin, oregano, chili powder, coriander, cinnamon, allspice and peppercorns. Toast, stirring constantly, until just fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Transfer to a spice grinder, and grind until reduced to a fine powder.
Transfer to a food processor or blender, and add the onion, garlic, orange juice, vinegar, molasses, brown sugar and salt. Process until smooth.
Transfer to a bowl, and use immediately or cover and refrigerate up to a week.
Nutrition information per 2 tablespoons: 35 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 1 g protein, 25 mg sodium.
BALSAMIC STRAWBERRY JALAPENO BARBECUE SAUCE
Heat and sweet combine beautifully in this barbecue sauce. And while it is wonderful on chicken or ribs, there’s no need to stop there. A dollop of this and a slab of blue cheese can turn a basic burger into a truly transformative grilling experience. To tame the heat a bit, don’t include the seeds or inner ribs of the jalapeno.
Start to finish: 1 hour
Makes 11/2 cups
2 cups balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup strawberry jam
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 large shallot, minced
1/2 fresh jalapeno, chopped
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt, to taste
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the vinegar and jam. Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced to about 3/4 cup.
Stir in the tomato paste, shallots, jalapeno, mustard, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for another 5 minutes, then transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Season with salt.
Nutrition information per 2 tablespoons: 90 calories; 10 calories from fat (11 percent of total calories); 1 g fat (0 g saturated, 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 15 g sugar; 0 g protein; 190 mg sodium.