But to be honest...it burned so good. Now all I needed was a way to use it.
So I did what any Internet-loving foodie would do when in need of a recipe - I turned to Facebook. And Facebook delivered - like it always does (thanks Kate!).
Last night, I made Caribbean Pork w/ Pineapple (rum-soaked pineapple, my friends). The recipe was an amazing combination of sweet and spicy - the raisins and rum-soaked pineapple offset the salty spicy flavor of the habanero hot sauce and tasted complex enough to keep my tastebuds interested.
I know what you are asking yourself - why is this a cautionary tale?
Well, to be honest - as I was making this recipe, I thought to myself "3 teaspoons of habanero tabasco isn't enough heat - I need more" so I liberally doused the entire recipe. And then I tasted the sauce - and my head exploded. And then I started coughing, and then my lips started burning. And then....I was filled with regret. (note: Sheila, if you are reading this - believe me when I say, this is the perfect amount of heat for you, the rare exception to this warning)
The good news is that after about 20 minutes of cooking and the addition of the pineapples - the heat mellowed enough for me to eat this without fear of destroying my entire palate. And as I said above - if you like hot, this recipe is good.
My tip? Follow this recipe, use 3 teaspoons of Habanero sauce. I also advise adding about a teaspoon of salt (it need salt to cut some of the sweet).
Serve it over plain brown rice to absorb some of the heat.
PS...Pork tenderloin is super healthy, so don't be scared to eat it. It's lean and a nice break from poultry.
Caribbean Pork with Pineapple (via Tabasco.com)
- 2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
- Salt to taste
- Juice and grated rind of 1 large lime
- 3 teaspoons TABASCO® brand Habanero Sauce, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 large clove garlic
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup beef or chicken broth
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 2 cups fresh or canned pineapple chunks
- 1/4 cup rum
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add pork and cook until lightly browned on all sides, about 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer pork to a shallow baking dish. Add onion to skillet with drippings and place over medium heat; cook 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, broth, raisins, lime rind, and remaining 1 teaspoon TABASCO® Habanero Sauce; cook 5 minutes longer, then pour over pork.
Cover pork and bake in a 350°F oven for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, combine pineapple and rum in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; cook 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Spoon pineapple over top of pork and bake, uncovered, 5 minutes longer.
Makes 6 servings.