Fresh, ripe gooseberries are sweet and richly flavored, with an almost boozy aftertaste. The grape-like berries are balanced out here by some mildly spicy jalapeños and fresh herbs. They add a sweet dimension to bracing, piquant (and incredibly delicious) piri piri sauce, which takes its tart flavor from lemon and lime, and a refreshingly vegetal dimension from a healthy dose of ripe bell peppers and tomatoes. Chef Kwame Onwuachi serves it with Cucumber-Avocado Salad with Gooseberry Piri Piri, but it also is a fantastic substitute for Bloody Mary mix or as a sauce for ceviche.

Kwame Onwuachi
July 2019

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Greg DuPree

Recipe Summary

total:
15 mins
Yield:
Makes 6 cups
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place all ingredients in a blender. Process on low speed, gradually increasing speed to high, until very smooth, about 1 minute. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large container; discard solids. Chill until ready to use. Just before serving, skim foam off the surface of piri piri, and discard.

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Make Ahead

Gooseberry Piri Piri can be made up to 3 days ahead. Store in airtight containers in refrigerator until ready to serve.