Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Iggy's Chili Water Sauce

Today was quiet, since my sister took the kids and my Mom to Lagoon for the day.  I couldn't go because of my broken foot :(  So my Dad and I decided to have a little fun of our own and went to Iggy's.  A few years ago we had a tradition of going to the Iggy's in Logan and sharing a Popeye Pizza.  That Iggy's has since been sold and is now Aggy's in honor of the Utah State Aggies.  I'll be frank.  Aggy's looks like Iggy's.  Same sport's bar, same outdoor fire pit.  But it is definitely not Iggy's.  The food is not nearly as good.  So anyway, I decide to get a Popeye before we get there.  This time we made the mistake of getting our own pizzas.  Both of us could barely manage half a pizza, so be basically brought home a whole pizza.  

Unfortunately, there is one thing I cannot bring home from Iggy's is their chili water.  They have a bottle on the table for your food, but they bring out a small bowl of warmed-up chili water with a basket of bread for one of their appetizers.  This sauce is wonderfully delicious!  It's light, it's sweet, it's tangy, and it has a slightly spicy kick.  Everytime I go to Iggy's I say that I want the recipe.

Note: I found this picture via Google Image; I do not own this image

Well, tonight I actually acted on it, and I think I found a recipe for it.  I have not tried it yet, but I plan on doing so soon.  Here is the copycat version I found (you can exclude the mango if you want):

2 large cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 cup diced mango
4 large red chili peppers
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 Tbs. cornstarch
4 Tbs. water

In a blender, puree together all the ingredients, except the cornstarch and water. Transfer the mixture to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and simmer until the mixture thickens up a bit and the garlic & pepper bits begin to soften, 3-5 minutes.

Combine the cornstarch and water. Whisk this into the sauce and continue to simmer one more minute. The cornstarch will help the sauce to thicken slightly thereby causing nice suspension of the pepper bits. Otherwise you get a thin sauce with all the little pieces floating on the surface.

Let cool completely before storing in a glass jar and refrigerate. Makes about 2 1/3 cups sauce.


Lynette @ My Craft Discovery

We love that sauce and go to iggy's just for it and the bread sometimes! Ya, I agree. Aggies wasn't as good as iggy's. We went once, and that was that. We would drive down to Ogden to have Iggy's. :) I will have to try making the sauce sometime. That'd be fun. What happened to your foot?


I miss Iggy's! When they where here we always bought a bottle of fire water to bring home. I now beg family in St. George to bring it to me. Thanks for this recipe, it's the only sauce we like with coconut shrimp.


Iggy's chili water is my favorite!! Did you know you can buy bottles of their chili water? They're about $4/ea if I remember right. I used to live close to Iggy's in Ogden, but live in Idaho now. We used to have one here, but it went out of business. Now I'm the same as annikab, I either ask friends or family to bring some when they're coming through or make sure I grab some if I'm ever in UT. (My dad actually gave me 4 bottles of it for Christmas...and I've already used them up!) I don't get down there very often anymore and finally I decided I'd try to make it myself! So thanks for sharing the recipe!

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