Trader Joe’s ITALIAN BOMBA HOT SAUCE


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Since it was released Trader Joe’s Italian “Bomba” Hot Pepper Sauce has blown up on the internet as one of the best new products that Trader Joe’s has come out with. In this case the hype about “BOMBA” is completely justified! This stuff is just incredible. I could say “its the bomb” but I won’t. I will say I love this stuff. It’s terrific.

BOMBA is made primarily from crushed fermented Calabrian chiles. You probably know that fermenting adds complex flavor elements to many foods. They become more complex and in this Bomba sauce the fermentation of Calabrian chiles adds that magical “fifth” taste, UMAMI. Now of course this Bomba hot sauce is spicy but it is really not knock your head off spicy. It’s spicy and full of flavor at the same time. I just put a small spoonful in my mouth and while I got “yes this is pretty spicy”, it didn’t want to make me want to drink a glass of milk or anything. I got something beyond “spicy”, there is a kind of funkiness and even a bit of sweetness. Depending on the amount you use, you can adjust the level of spiciness to your palate. If you add even just a little bit to dishes, I am talking a quarter of a teaspoon or the tiniest dollop it will still add flavor that may surprise you.

How to use Bomba sauce? Of course this is going to be great added to tomato sauces, say on pasta or pizza or what have you. But what about other pasta dishes? A little bit in your Carbonara? Controversial, but yeah baby. A spoonful mixed into your Spaghetti Aglio e Olio? Yes. And all those Gnocchi you love?! Regular, cauliflower, kale, or what have you… OMG folks, this stuff and some very nice olive oil will make your gnocchi soar.

But Bomba is for more than for “just Italian”. I put some into scrambled eggs and it was divine. A drop of it onto of my buttered toasted baguette. A small spoon mixed into avocado toast or guacamole. Add some to your next marinade. Dips and sauces? Perfect. You can mix this up with some Greek yogurt (or mayonnaise for that matter) for an instant wonderful sauce, to top some cooked Chicken Breasts, Shrimp, or Tofu as well. Or try that mix as a dip for some chips. Drizzle some with olive oil and garlic on your roasted veggies. Add a spoon of this to your soup or most any sauce to give it some jazz. I love it on cottage cheese (seriously). On my sardines on toast. Add garlic to Bomba, and of course these two go into the stratosphere. The list is endless and I promise you, you will discover uses on your own exploring that you will come up with (and if they’re good, please share some with us in the COMMENTS below).

TJ’s Bomba is truly a premium gourmet offering. Amazingly Trader Joe’s sells this for $2.99 a jar, which is frankly incredible. Oh and it’s really Italian, says “Product Of Italy”. I have found it sold out on occasion, as its a big hit at TJ. So if you like it, next time grab an extra jar to keep in the pantry like I do (but just one, leave some for the next guy!) Ingredients are: Chilies, Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil, Basil, Salt, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid. I generally add some very good Extra Virgin Olive Oil after I open it to “seal the top” off and help keep it fresher for longer as well. Honestly even if you are not really the “hot sauce” type I suggest you get a jar of this to try. Calabrian chili’s are not super hot; they are in the “medium” spice level. People can pop them in their mouths easily. Personally I can’t live without having a jar of Bomba in the fridge now and if you try this, you may feel exactly the same.