Food Gifts #1~ Mema’s Pepper Jelly

Hot Pepper Jelly has long been a staple at holiday celebrations at my Mema’s house for as long as I can remember. What is so funny to me is I don’t even really care for peppers! But this luminescent green jelly poured over cream cheese and served with butter crackers is just yummy! This is a great stand-by if you have unexpected guest. There are a few things you may want to consider before making this:

1. It is EASY!!
2. Your family & possibly the neighbors may think you are whipping up Mustard Gas as the smell of boiling vinegar will knock you out!
3. It makes quit A LOT! I made mine in 4 oz mason jars and filled almost a dozen.
4. You can totally control the heat by the amount of jalapeno or hot pepper you use. If you and your people love heat, add more, if you are like me and don’t like to much use less! 

Mema’a Pepper Jelly

3/4 c green peppers, pureed in food processor 3-5 peppers
1/4 c hot pepper, pureed (jalapenos, from the garden) 
2 c cider vinegar
5 c sugar
6 oz liquid fruit pectin

Blitz peppers in food processor. Add all ingredients except pectin,bring to a rolling boil, remove from heat and let stand 5 mins, all the “gunk” will rise to top, skim off and discard. Add pectin, mix well and add to hot jars. Delish!!

Thai Shrimp Stew

This is a fantastic dish! It looks so gourmet and it is SO EASY to make!! It will impress your friends and family! Perfect for a Date Night or a Dinner Party!
Thanks to my girlfriend Katie who makes a very similar dish with a few differences in spices.
1 1/2 lb large shrimp in shell (21 to 25 per lb), peeled and deveined
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 (14- to 15-oz) can petite diced tomatoes including juice
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 sweet bell pepper, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons curry
5 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1 can  lite coconut milk (shake well)
Serve with cooked white rice
Cook onion and bell pepper in olive oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add curry, 1 tablespoon cilantro, and remaining teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Toss shrimp with black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt, garlic, and lemon juice and marinate, covered and chilled, 15 minutes. (you want to do this here so that the shrimp doesn’t “cook” in the lemon juice) Add tomatoes and simmer briskly, stirring, until mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes.Stir in coconut milk and bring to a boil, then add shrimp mixture and cook, stirring, until shrimp are just cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes.Serve over rice.When I plate this, I usually take a 1/4 or a 1/2 measuring cup, scoop rice into, place it in the center of the plate, and then put it the stew around it.

Pepper Jelly Pork

I made a ton of Pepper Jelly this past summer and I have been trying to think of things to do with it other than just one of the most simple and yummy cream cheese and pepper jelly with butter crackers. I found some great looking pork chops on sale and my mind starting churning. Here is what I came up with.
4 pork chops

s & p to taste
1 T olive oil
2 T butter
1 T flour
1/3 c white wine
1 c chicken broth
1/2 c pepper jelly
Season chops with s&p. Add olive oil to grill pan and cook apx 10 mins flip and cook additional 8 mins. Remove chops and add butter & flour to pan cook 2 mins add wine then broth then jelly cook 2-5 mins, add chops back to pan and allow sauce to coat chops. Enjoy!
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Debby’s Chicken & Corn Stuffed Peppers

I am so excited to share some of my dear friend, Debby’s Dishes! She is a great cook and I will be sharing some of her families favorites over the next few weeks. Today, I am so happy that she has found something to do with peppers other than a traditional stuffed pepper with ground meat, spaghetti sauce, rice etc… This is NEW and different and a FUN way to use up all these peppers from the garden. ENJOY!!

CHICKEN STUFFED PEPPERS & CORN
4 large red bell peppers ( I am using green, as that is what I have from my garden!)
1(12 oz) pkg. Frozen corn souffle, thawed
3 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 cup fresh corn kernels (use frozen is okay)
¾ cup soft bread crumbs
1 (4.5 oz) chopped green chilies, drained
½ med onion – chopped
1 Tblsp. Taco seasoning
2 cups (8oz) shredded Monterrey Jack w/pepper
Cut peppers in half lengthwise, leaving stem in tact. Clean, place cut side down on lightly greased baking sheet. Broil 6” from heat for 4-5 minutes or until they start to blister. Combine corn soufflé and next 6 ingredients. Stir in 1 cup cheese. Turn peppers cut side up and spoon mixture evenly into peppers.
Bake 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and bake 5-10 more minutes until cheese melts.