Ketchup made at home bursts with flavor. This version, spiked with hot chile and citrus, elevates familiar french fries to new heights.
- 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed with the flat side of a large knife
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- Pinch of chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest, plus 1/3 cup fresh orange juice (2 oranges total)
- 2 tablespoons brewed espresso
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 fresh habanero chile
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Puree diced tomatoes and juice, onion, garlic, and sugar in a food processor. Transfer tomato mixture to a large heavy-bottomed stockpot. Add vinegar, 1 cup water, the dry mustard, nutmeg, allspice, chili powder, orange zest, orange juice, espresso, bay leaf, and habanero chile.
Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened, about 50 minutes.
Remove chile. Puree half or whole chile (depending on desired heat) with 1 cup ketchup in the food processor. Return ketchup to pot; stir until well blended. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool completely. Ketchup can be refrigerated in an airtight container, up to 2 weeks.