Perhaps the most popular chile pepper in the world, the jalapeño is a natural for wing sauces. As hot as these stubby green chile peppers may seem, among the hardcore chile pepper fanatics they hardly even rate on the heat scale—rating a “meager” 2,500 to 5,000 Scoville heat units, compared to upwards of 200,000 for habanero peppers! When dried and smoked, jalapeños become chipotle peppers—another spicy but not too intense ingredient often used in salsas. Here’s a simple honey mustard dressing with a spicy jalapeño kick that goes great with any kind of wings.
Yields about 3⁄4 cup
In a small saucepan, heat the vinegar. Once warm, add the mustard, honey, and jalapeño. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve.
1⁄2 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 jalapeño pepper, halved lengthwise