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January 18, 2016 Chris Dawson

Living Life On The Edge

Cold winter nights call out for a warming dish to make you feel all cozy inside.

This ain't that.

This is full bore, no holds, praying to a deity for salvation, can't believe you have not used this before flavour.

This is Szechuan Chile Oil.

Three ingredients, and you have a powerful, spicy, versatile oil, that you'll find new uses for everyday, like drizzling over soup, dipping with dumplings.

Chili Arbol, Szechuan Peppercorns, Avocado, or Grapeseed Oil

From the wonderful folks at Saveur.


2 cups plus 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 oz. dried arbol chiles
2 tbsp. whole Szechuan peppercorns


In a large wok, heat 2 cups oil over medium. Add the arbol chiles and peppercorns and cook, stirring, until toasted and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Pour the oil and spices into a jar and let the chile oil cool completely. Store at room temperature for up to a year.


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