Sunday, August 2, 2015

Mrs G's Pepper Jelly

Mrs. G's Pepper Jellies are not your average pepper jellies. Loaded with flavors from sweet and hot peppers, like jalapeno and habanero, garlic, lime, ginger, mango and peaches, and hand-crafted in small batches, there's no commercial taste here - you'll swear these were made in your own kitchen y'all!

This has sure been one hot summer down south y'all! Has it always been this hot? Seems not to me but I reckon I probably say that about this time every summer. Mercy!

Now that I have a nice, shady covered patio with a ceiling fan though, since early spring I have sure been working my grills around here... instead of my oven. I don't mind cooking in the kitchen during the summer really - I just crank down the air and put a fan at the door - but grilling is faster, easier and doesn't heat up the kitchen at all, so it's an awfully nice alternative.

I have several grills - propane, kettle charcoal and even a hibachi (remember those?)...
There is something about cooking a steak over charcoal on cast iron - I picked up this Lodge this summer for that very reason. I mean, can a gal have too many outdoor cooking apparatuses? I think not!
...but this spring I decided to invest in a Traeger pellet grill, after sitting on the fence about it for a long time. Boy am I glad that I finally bit the bullet, because I love the ease of using that grill, plus it functions not only as a grill, but a smoker and barbeque, as well as an oven for braising, slow cooking, roasting and baking, the food tastes great and you don't have to stand over it worried about flare-ups.

As convenient as grilling is though, well... it can also get fairly boring after some time, at least for me. Throw a piece of meat on the grill with little else and The Cajun is perfectly happy. I'm just a tad bit more adventurous. One of my secrets to making grilled meats more fabulous is pepper jelly.

A sneak peek at Mrs. G's Peach Habanero Pepper Jelly.
It can be used to marinate and makes a terrific glaze that adds a bump of heat and boost of flavor that can really transform any pan seared, baked or grilled meats. Typically pepper jelly is made with a mixture of jalapeno and sweet peppers, and it's mighty good. We love it down here spooned over a block of softened cream cheese and served up with crackers, and you'll find that at just about any kind of gathering here in the south. There's just something about that creamy, salty, savory and sweet, with just a hit of heat, that is so delicious, and lets face it. It's one of the easiest appetizers out there and always well received.

Soften a block of cream cheese and pour any flavor of Mrs. G's pepper jelly over the top, surround with your favorite crackers and voila, instant appetizer!
I had the opportunity recently to try a variety of rather different pepper jelly recipes from a company called Mrs. G's Hot Pepper Jelly. I am here to tell y'all.... this ain't your mama's pepper jelly!

That cream cheese appetizer, in fact, is what actually birthed Mrs. G's, when one Christmas, Cindy Greaver, the G in Mrs. G's, experienced it at an office Christmas party. After tasting the combo, and finding herself with more time than money that year, she knew hand-crafted pepper jellies would be a great gift, and they were, leading her to experiment with new jelly recipes incorporating some of the produce from her own vegetable garden.

Mrs. G's Ja-Ha Jalapeno Habanero Pepper Jelly
Today, although Mrs. G's is a family business and a product in high demand, Cindy still uses that same dedication to producing small batch, hand-crafted pepper jellies, with only the freshest non-GMO ingredients, all prepared in a local, FDA-certified kitchen, insuring excellence in taste and quality. Available flavors include Ja-Ha, Jalapeno Garlic Lime, Mango Ginger Habanero, and Peach Habanero and you can purchase them right online at Amazon.

A surprisingly perfect combination, the Jalapeno Garlic Lime is like a little party in your mouth with endless layers of flavor in this sweet and savory combination of peppers, garlic and lime. Think pork...glazed tenderloin, marinated pulled pork or a dipping sauce for ribs or Asian foods. Also great as an add-in to ground beef for burgers.

Luscious, tropical fruit combines with spicy ginger and habaneros in this Mango Ginger Habanero Jelly, perfect as a glaze on grilled or baked fish, especially salmon, roasted with butternut squash or sweet potatoes, or used in a marinade or as glaze for chicken or turkey.

A delicious combination of peppers produce this delectable Ja-Ha (Jalapeno-Habanero) Jelly, with medium heat and lots of sweet bell pepper flavor, perfect as an add-in for burgers, or for marinating and glazing meats, fish and vegetables.

Peach Habanero is the newest addition to the family and just about to launch, along with redesigned labels (LOVE!) and a new website. I'm here to tell you - it's sure a winner! Ssssh... don't tell the others because I love them all, but I think this one might just be my favorite. I bit sweeter thanks to the peaches, with a heat level similar to the mango jelly version, I have a feeling that this one will definitely be a Southern favorite.

Pepper jelly makes a great recipe addition and Mrs. G's will bring a surprising touch to your own! Y'all may remember these grilled chops I shared recently, Pepper Jelly Glazed Grilled Pork Chops, glazed with Mrs. G's. The chops were outstanding!

You may also remember the crockpot pepper jelly glazed ham I shared awhile back. Well, check out this gorgeous ham I glazed with Mrs. G's! Recipe will be up soon on the blog and I have a feeling y'all are gonna love this one.

And check out these country style ribs y'all. Oh my gosh were they good! I used the brand new Peach Habanero to make an amazing barbecue sauce. I'll be sharing these soon too.

As you can see, I've had quite a bit of fun playing around with Mrs. G's pepper jelly! Next up are chicken breasts - I think I'll go with the Mango Ginger Habanero Jelly with those. Don't worry though if you need a little more inspiration - I'll help you out here on the blog of course, and you'll also find a few ideas on the Mrs. G's website too. With football season around the corner, how about these Game Day Spiced Nuts? Yep. Nuts!

Or these, Not Your Usual Hot Wings? Preseason is right around the corner, and I'm trying both of those myself!

If you live in the Temecula Valley area, there are several tastings around town where you can visit and grab a few jars, including regular appearances at Old Town Temecula Farmers' Market, but don't fret if you don't, because you can order online too. Remember to Follow Mrs. G's at their website, on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest too!

Disclosure: I received jars of Mrs. G's Pepper Jelly varieties to try, however my review is voluntary and all opinions and enthusiasm are honestly mine.
Posted by on August 2, 2015

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