Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tabasco: A Delicious Original

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TABASCO® Original Red. All opinions are 100% mine.


Tabasco is a state in Mexico and a variety of hot pepper - but, most famously, it is a brand of delicious hot pepper sauce that has been waking up foods since 1868 thanks to the McIlhenny Company of Avery Island, Louisiana. TABASCO® Original Red is made exactly as it was in 1868, with hot red peppers, vinegar and salt right from the salt mine on Avery Island. It has no additives and is completely pure and original - which is not something you can say about most sauces (or commercial foods, for that matter).

We'd had a bottle for awhile (it lasts about 5 years on your shelf, since it is aged in white oak barrels for 3 years) but I'd only used it in chili (highly recommended, by the way!) - but not on snack food. I really liked a few drops on plain pizza (my favorite kind) - it brings out the flavor of the mozzarella, which can be a little bland sometimes. I'm also planning to try it on grilled cheese, and on Pad Thai when we next get Thai takeout (Pad Thai, as you probably know, is a rice noodle dish with peanut sauce, tofu and shrimp).

TABASCO Original Red is indeed "So Much More Than Hot" because it enhances the essential flavor of the foods you put it on. It makes the flavors - well, brighter, somehow. Back in 1889 a journalist in The Century wrote: "Tabasco Sauce is well known both at home and abroad as a most agreeable seasoning" - and so it was, and still is. By the late 19th century it was a key ingredient in everything from salad dressings to soups and sauces, and was especially prized for enhancing the flavor of clams, oysters and other seafood. In 1883 a writer with the wonderful name Septimus Berdmore noted that Tabasco sauce should replace cayenne pepper in most recipes since it "can be incorporated so much better than cayenne."*

Nowadays Tabasco is incorporated into everything from dips to pizza and wings - all of which are ideal snacks for Super Bowl Sunday. Need more ideas? You can check out Tabasco's  Game-Day Party Menu and Pizza Perfected pages for more ways to use TABASCO Original Red. Pizza plus TABASCO could even become your own Super Bowl tradition. It sounds both easy and delicious - two culinary adjectives that go together as well as a plate of crispy chicken wings and TABASCO Original Red.

*Berdmore, Septimus. A Scratch Team of Essays (1883), p. 80.

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vanilla said...

Hot diggity!

Teacup Moments said...

i love tabasco. can't have fried chicken without it!

Bill said...

It's good for sore throats, too.
And, yes, I'm serious. I know it's hard to tell with me.

Eric said...

I use it to kill mosquitos, as on there commercial advertisement a few years ago.

Eric said...

Oops, 'thier' (typo)

Auntie E said...

haven't use that in a long time. Maybe it time again.

ladyguinevere28 said...

Tabasco, that is really hot. I remember I put lots of it on top my pizza and I ended up not eating it because I dont like hot and spicy food