My grandmother “put up” pints and pints of chili sauce every year. I loved it! She would fry some hamburger, dump a jar of chili sauce on it and pour it over homemade bread for lunch, or mix it in cream cheese and serve it with chips (don’t judge, I was five years old).
Anyway, I have tried for years to duplicate her recipe since I was too short sighted to get it from her before she passed away (she was over 90, so I had lots of time, but just never thought she would ever leave us).
Fortunately for me, Harry and/or David (I’m not sure which one) actually got the recipe from her at some point and they now make her chili sauce!
My favorite breakfast at her house was eggs with chili sauce (don’t roll your eyes, I can see you! I was five, remember).
I still make it every once in a while. I typically get a lot of those Harry & David baskets at Christmas time and there is usually a jar of this lovely red elixar tucked in the shredded paper somewhere. I wonder if they are just so grateful for Grandma’s recipe, that they always include a jar in my baskets.
Start by beating two eggs in a bowl and pouring into a small preheated skillet with a pat of butter melted
let it cook for a minute until it starts to set up
put about 2T more or less of chili sauce on one half of the egg mixture
turn it over on itself and let it cook a minute more
put a slice or two of cheddar cheese on top and let it sit another minute. I don’t let it melt all the way because I like the texture of the semi melted cheese with the eggs (don’t judge)…
This can seriously hurtle me back in time 60 years to my Grandmother’s kitchen in Pennsylvania and for a minute or two, I feel like I’m five again. I can’t feel the arthritis in my hands or the ache in my back, and I smile and remember her standing by the stove.
It probably won’t do that for you, but you’ll never know if you don’t try it!!!