Friday, May 13, 2011

Green Pepper Jelly

I love the jewel tone of the green pepper jelly. I've been passing out jars to friends, all of whom are as amazed as I am at the zesty flavor.
Summertime brings with it an entirely new way of cooking, and while it isn't summer here yet, the record high temperatures make it feel as if it were.  So I look for easy recipes that make use of local produce and healthy, but satisfying snacks.  In order for a snack to satisfy me it has to have a lot of taste.  So today I decided to give Paula Deen's recipe for green pepper jelly a try.  This is a product that I generally buy at the store and always have on hand because of its versatility.  I mean, what is easier when people drop in unexpectedly than opening a jar, unwrapping a brick of cream cheese, and pairing these with a box of Wheat Thins?

I was STUNNED at how easy to make and delicious this was, and this is high praise from a jelly-making rookie like me.  It is a real no-fail recipe, so don't hesitate to give it a try.  I can hardly wait for my pepper plants to begin bearing because I'm going to make more of this.  Lots more!

Green Pepper Jelly by Paula Deen

3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh hot green pepper, such as Jalapeno or serrano
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
6 cups sugar
4 ounces pectin (recommended: Certo)
4 drops green food coloring
Special Equipment: 6 (1/2-pint) canning jars with lids

Process bell pepper and hot pepper in a food processor until finely minced. Combine pepper mixture, vinegar, and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and add pectin and food coloring. Pour into sterilized jars and seal*.

*Cook's Note: Follow USDA guidelines for proper sterilization and canning procedures.

I couldn't wait for it to cool to try it and found it is seriously better than any I've ever bought at the store.

This is linked to:

Paula Deen Celebrity Cook Along 
Happier Than a Pig in Mud
The Tablescaper for
Seasonal Sundays


Cindy said...

I have some peppers in the fridge just waiting to be used. I've always been intrigued by this jelly but never tried it. Looks like I will tomorrow--I bought some cute little jelly jars just for something like this.

Ali said...

What a beautiful color. I don't eat pepper jam very often but I love it with cream cheese on crackers. Beautiful pictures, looks like it turned out great.

Heather at Willow Cottage said...

Your jelly looks beautiful. I was just thinking about trying to make this over the summer when the peppers are ripe from the garden. I think you have inspired me to try it. :-)

Little Brick Ranch said...

Anything with cream cheese is divine and I am sure this qualifies!! I have never had a green pepper jelly...something to add to my to do list!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your jelly turned out beautiful Pattie! It's always fun to make and yummy! I have a Paula Deen Cook-Along going on if you'd like to link up:@)

Carol at Serendipity said...

I love to make this. I make a red one too and use them at Christmas!


Babs said...

I DO love pepper jelly and cream cheese with crckers.. and home made is the best. I didn't make any last year and bought some, and it's just not the same.This looks yum-my.
Hope you're having a good weekend,

Rettabug said...

Pattie, your Green Pepper Jelly looks AWESOME!! I used to buy this from Harry & Davids when we had their outlet near us in FL. Haven't had any in years. I may just have to try making it myself. You've convinced me that it is easy. Thanks!


Beautiful photos, BTW

Babs said...

I had to laugh at your question about the cracker salad as to how it tastes. I asked myself the same thing when I first made it several years ago. We love it at our house and it got a 5 out of 5 stars on her Food Network recipe site. I'd make it a lot more often, but we like it so much we eat the whole recipe for a meal instead of as a side dish and that's a LOT of mayonaise for two people. If you make it let me know what you think. I'd love to know.
Have a great week,

Cindy said...

That sounds wonderful, I think my husband would like it, I shall remember to come back and make it! Thanks so much.
Hugs, Cindy

The Fajdich Times said...

I love your picture of the green pepper jelly! Sounds simple enough to make....maybe I will give it a try. I love pepper jelly and cream cheese:)

Scribbler said...

I have made this before -- you are right -- it is to die for.

The Tablescaper said...

This looks so amazing. I've heard of the pepper jelly and cream cheese easy fix, but what else do you use pepper jelly for?

- The Tablescaper