Need a quick treat for those upcoming holiday
office gatherings? A few years ago I was introduced
to the combination of Wheat Thins(TM), cream cheese
jalapeno jelly! Don't let the jalapeno scare you.
There are two ways to combat the "fire" you feel on
tongue caused by these hot peppers, and that's with
or bread. Whoever created this Southwest delicacy
what they were doing. The cream cheese and cracker
there to calm the nerve endings in your tongue so
enjoy the blend of flavors.
The kick in this jelly is a delicious way to open
as well as the taste buds, of your friends and
Just place a block of cream cheese on a festive
plate and pour the jelly over it. Put the crackers
within reaching range, but not close enough that
get soggy from the jelly.
You can buy the crackers and cream cheese at any
grocery store, but you may have to search specialty
shops for the jelly. Sometimes you can find it at
Cost Plus or Marshalls in their food section.
However, if you really want to impress your friends,
try making your own.
If you've never handled raw
jalapenos before, let me offer a word of warning.
The skin of the pepper is safe to touch - it's the
that produce the burning sensation. Use plastic
if you're worried about handling them. If you
to brave it without the gloves, keep your hands
away from your eyes while working with the peppers -
even the slightest bit on your fingers will send you
screaming if you get it in your eyes.
Jalapeno Pepper Jelly
14 hot peppers (jalapeno)
4 sweet peppers (red)
3 cups white vinegar
10 cups sugar
2 pouches pectin
2 tsp red (or green) food coloring
Cut peppers. Discard seeds and stem. Grind peppers
in blender with vinegar. Move this mixture to a
large pan and place on your stove burner. Add
bring to boil, and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from
heat and skim. Add 2 pouches pectin and food
Boil hard for one minute. Seal hot.
One year for Christmas I canned the jelly in half
jars and gave them as gifts. I made a label with a
jalapeno on the front and tied a holiday ribbon
the lid. You might also add a Southwest fabric to
under the screw top lid. One friend was so excited
she grabbed a spoon and ate it right out of the jar!
In addition to being great for dipping with
it's great on toast or as a ham glaze. It adds a
"kick" wherever it's used. You may even find
reaching for a spoon!
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