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May 17, 2012 08:24 AM

ISO Roasted Chili Oil

I'm somewhat addicted to the chili oil they have at Pizzeria Libretto, but despite my many requests, they refuse to sell me some for home use.

Therefore, my question is: does anybody know where I can buy a similar oil somewhere in Toronto? The Libretto version has a complex roasted chili flavour without too much heat that I haven't been able to find anywhere else (including in my attempts to recreate the oil at home). If I can find it in the city (or, alternately, if someone has a recipe they can share) I'll be a happy man.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Bump...anybody? I can't be the only one that loves roasted chili oil...

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    1. re: Strongbad789

      Swatow sells their chilli oil by the cashier. However, it is a basic roasted version, as well the chilli flakes comes with the oil.

    2. I use a handful of hot red dried chilis (minus their stems), throw them in canola oil, bring to a boil slowly, let it cool then I store it in the refrigerator. If you want to stop the heat, then drain it before storing. Or you could use red pepper flakes instead... I think I would try it with olive oil if it is for pizza...

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      1. re: whinendine

        Thanks for the info. I actually tried making my own (I basically poured hot oil over chili peppers), but it ended up just being spicy oil, instead of having that roasted flavour I'm looking for (and that libretto nails). Maybe heating the peppers up with the oil is the way. I'm still surprised that you can't buy something like this anywhere (and I'm still surprised that Libretto doesn't sell they hate money?).

        1. re: Strongbad789

          Try "toasting" the chillies in a pan or pot before adding the oil(make sure you open some windows first and turn on the hood).

          1. re: petek

            go to one of the latin markets in kensington. buy a pile of dried chilies (they will help you with flavour profiles...or just use your nose). dry toast them in a pan over medium heat, keeping a close eye to make sure the sugars in them don't burn, then add oil and bring up to temp. turn off the heat and let cool before storing in the fridge. you'll get that toasted, almost raisin-like flavour of chilies, along with some residual heat.

      2. I'm absolutely addicted to their chili oil! You are not the only one :) Whenever I go to another pizza place.. even if the pizza is just as good as Libretto's.. I still won't be fully satisfied, all because of that oil!

        I've also tried to make my own at home and even though it turned out good, it doesn't have that flavour that the Libretto one has like you mentioned too.
        I'm going to try with different chilies and hope to get it one day.
        I also don't understand why they wouldn't sell it to their customers.. I would definitely pay for it.

        Let me know if you find a way to get their flavour at home!

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        1. re: Marmey

          I am with you Marmey and Strongbad on Pizza Libretto's chili oil. Love it so much and so far unable to replicate it at home. DH is encouraging me to take a bigger purse next time we go so he can swipe the bottle from the table.

        2. i used a recipe that called for about a cup of extra virgin olive oil, a bunch of fresh sliced red chili peppers. put both in a sauce pan cold and bring to 170 degrees, cool, then jar.

          seems to work for me.

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          1. re: filtered

            Sounds interesting...does it taste like Libretto's chili oil (if you've had that)?