Remember that song “Love the One Your With” by Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills and Nash? That is kind of what happened with my Seranno Pepper Jelly. I didn’t intend to make seranno pepper jelly. It was actually my second choice and I wasn’t even happy about it. My plans were to make Jalapeno pepper jelly. However, when I went to garden to pick my jalapenos, there were only three lonely peppers. But low and behold, my seranno pepper plant was proudly boasting a bounty of peppers. So, like the song goes, “And if you can’t be with the one you love honey, love the one your with”! (insert melody in your mind) I am happy to say, this is one pepper relationship that worked out for the better!
Needless to say, my new pepper love is the versatile seranno. Hotter than a Jalapeno which has a mere 2,000 to 5,000 Scoville unit rating on the chili heat scale, the Soranno comes in a bit higher at 5,000 to 15,000 Scoville units. Initially, I worried that the jelly would be to hot, and I am glad I was wrong. For this jelly, I used a mixture of seranno pepper and green bell pepper. I even had two lonely serannos that had turned red, so I popped them in the mix to add a bit of color.
I am surprised and impressed with the flavor of jelly this recipe produced. Sweet, tangy and hot, but not overbearingly hot. I think the meld of flavors is actually quite perfect. So far I have only tried it over cream cheese and spread on crackers, as well as on corn bread and I love it! I think it will also be pretty flavorful as a glaze on chicken or ham. Or maybe zip up a bbq sauce and for sure a nice use it as a dip for chicken wings and other fried appetizers. I also envision this tasting amazing on a variety of different sandwiches. Man, Just writing this is making me crave it! I think more recipe exploration is in order!
Diana’s Note: Follow USDA Guidelines for proper sterilization and canning procedures. Although I followed guidelines from Ball, I do not claim to be a canning expert. This recipe is an adaption from the cooked Jellies recipe on the insert from Ball in a box of Suregel liquid pectin. The original recipe requires 12 Jalapeno peppers.
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