There’s a secret about hot sauce that took me a while to learn: spicy flavors make EVERYTHING taste more. Not better, but more. Tastebuds stand up and take notice when spicy flavors cross their path. If you’re eating rich, buttery foods, a dollop of spicy sauce can help punch through the richness so you can sense the complexity of the dish. A good hot sauce can also bring its own complexity.
Working with the flavors of her Dominican heritage, Maritza Abreu combines the deep sweetness and citrus punch of passion fruit with chiles, along with a bit of garlic and pinch of sugar to make this sweet and spicy one-two punch sauce. Fruity, luscious, enjoyably spicy. It gives everything it touches a bit of heat and island attitude.