Right now it’s Swad Lime Pickle Hot, an Indian condiment that I buy at the ethnic market. Love the slogan -- takes you back home.
It also comes in a sweet variety, I discover from checking online sources, but that one's not at my grocery. Indians use "pickle" to describe any concoction of vegetable or fruit with garlic, vinegar and spices. I also enjoy eggplant pickle but this is something special.
It’s seriously hot – this much on a piece of bread
had me gasping (but I’m a wimp about spicy food, so maybe you would like more). When I just need a little oomph in a hurry, I scoop out the seedy pulp to apply to the food. You don't get much lime flavor that way, just heat, so with a little more leisure I will cut up the pieces of lime and use them too.
I continue to be surprised at the situations where lime pickle improves what I'm fixing. For instance:
-- Spread a little on the inside of the bread when you make grilled cheese sandwiches (see above -- this is how much I use).
-- Put it in the Cuisinart with cream cheese, or cream cheese plus ricotta, to make a dip or sandwich filling. Especially nice on a fruit bread with a slice of cucumber for crunch.
-- Stir it into a soup or sauce that seems a little bland.
-- Use it on bread instead of butter.
-- Spread it on a waffle before you melt cheese over the top.
-- Add to a stew, especially one with an Asian leaning.
-- Stir it into tomato juice (vodka optional).
-- Put a little onto a slice of fresh pineapple.
I’m not a hot sauce aficionada but I bet it would work well anywhere you use Tabasco – eggs, oysters, your choice.