This recipe came to be from an afternoon gathering of college kids trying to recall a childhood memory. Tastes and flavors, colors and textures were scribbled onto notebook paper; portions were figured and a relish sauce base was discussed. After a few hours of discussion a test batch was conjured up--sheer joy! It was a hit.
Hot Pepper Relish
the pepper mixture:
4 lbs jalapenos
2 lb onion
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vinegar
6 cups sugar
2 tablespoons mustard seed
1 teaspoon tumeric
2 teaspoons celery seed
1 tablespoon garlic powder
Prepare the peppers by removing the stems and seeds before chopping them (we used a food processor). Mix sauce ingredients and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Allow the sauce to cool slightly before pouring over the pepper mixture. Stir well and pack into prepared jars.
We processed our jars in a water bath canner for ten minutes.
A few notes:
* I have since made this recipe using a 4 lb mixture of cayenne, pepperochini, sweet banana and jalapenos without the other peppers- it was wonderful.
* If you run short of peppers (or you just want to cut the heat) add shredded carrot in the place of some of the chopped peppers- we tried it and loved it.
We have stirred this relish into ranch style dressing for a zippy kick, baked chicken brushed with it, spread it on sandwiches and poured it over cream cheese and crackers--oh, so tasty!
How do you use up a massive pepper harvest?