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!!

Red Pepper Honey Mustard Chicken

This is a super easy concoction that I came up with this morning while gawking in front of the fridge. I had some left over pepper jelly and decided to mix it with honey & Dijon mustard. I used equal parts of all three and allowed the chicken to marinate all day! Popped it in the oven for about 25 mins and then finished off on the grill. Enjoy!

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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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