Review: The Salsa King Gourmet Roasted Garlic JalapeÃ±o Sauce
From the label: “Smooth and silky with oven roasted garlic and fiery hot jalapeÃ±os!”
INGREDIENTS: jalapeÃ±o peppers (jalapeÃ±os, vinegar, calcium chloride, citric acid), oven roasted garlic, onion, water, salt, olive oil
When I first saw this sauce I thought how cool the shape of this 12 ounce bottle was. It reminded me of what my friend used to put his homemade beer in. Very cool. The label was the label. Nothing that screamed out to me but nothing that was out of control. It looked liked something I would find in my local supermarket. It did it’s job and that is all that really matters in the long run anyway.
Now, after sitting and thinking of days gone by filled with homemade brew I noticed the color of the sauce. Green. I mean GREEN. It reminded me of puree peas. I didn’t throw in the towel just yet though. Color means nothing. Taste means everything.
I opened the sauce and stuck my pretty little nose into the top of the bottle. WOW! If I was a vampire, I would have turned into dust at that moment. GARLIC, GARLIC, and more GARLIC was all I could smell. OK, so now it is time to see what this sauce looks and tastes like. I pour some into a small bowl. It is very smooth and you can see little pieces of garlic every so often. Now I must taste it. Yup, it is garlic I smell all right! Actually to be fair the first taste I get is garlic, then olive oil, and then I taste the jalapeÃ±os. There is a slight kick but it doesn’t linger long. Nothing to shed tears about, but something to enjoy.
OK, so now I have to get my mind to think of the best way to use this sauce. Marinade is the first thing to pop into my head. OK, chicken breast here I come!
I marinade it overnight and make a grilled chicken sandwich with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, roasted red pepper, salt, pepper, and mayo for dinner. I serve this with a side of steamed artichoke. Now, before I make my sandwich I taste a piece of chicken. It gave it a great garlic flavor, but no heat. Now, I taste my sandwich. It is good, but no heat. I poured some on the plate to dip, still just garlic coming through. The sauce has seemed to lose any of the jalapeÃ±o taste once added to food.
Now all in all this sauce is good. You need to like, or rather LOVE, garlic to enjoy this sauce. It is a true garlic sauce for garlic lovers! The heat is OK on it’s own, but loses it’s kick once added to food. It is a great sauce for all garlic loving chefs out there! The consistency of the sauce is smooth, flows wonderfully, and stays where you put it.
Packaging: 7/10 cool bottle
Aroma: 10/10 garlic (it is called Gourmet Roasted GARLIC JalapeÃ±o Sauce)
Appearance: 6/10 looks like puree peas
Taste: 7/10 garlic ( I LOVE garlic and it is a little overpowering even for me)
Heat: 6/10 out of bottle 1/10 once cooked with or added directly to food
Lorena and Roy Marshall
The SalsaKing Fine Southwestern Foods
877-THE HOT1 (843-4681)