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Molho de Pimenta Malagueta

Malagueta Pepper Sauce

Malagueta pepper sauce is a traditional accompaniment to xinxim, acaraje and other Bahian dishes. It's basically a dish of sweet and spicy sauteed onions which goes pretty well with anything. All my guests enjoyed it, one loved it. You may be able to find malagueta peppers at stores carrying Brazilian goods. They are very spicy, so be careful with this sauce!

Molho de Pimenta Malagueta



Heat the oil over low heat in a small skillet. Add the onion and sautee until it's translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the peppers, stir and cook until they are very mushy, about 15 minutes. Add the ginger and cook for another minute. Add the salt and stir.

You can store in the refrigerator and serve for up to a month.

Adapted from Brazil: A Cook's Tour

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