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Chicken Stir Fry with Hot Pepper Jelly
2 boneless chicken breasts (fat trimmed) chopped into small bite sized pieces
1 large broccoli crown cut into bite sized pieces
½ cup or more of washed snow peas
1-2 large carrots sliced diagonally about 1/8” thick
1-2 large stalks of celery sliced diagonally about ¼” thick
1 cup or more of sliced red, green, yellow or orange bell peppers
2 large cloves of garlic minced fine
1 large shallot chopped into small pieces
3 scallions (use green and white parts) sliced into small pieces for topping
Salted peanuts for topping
Washed cilantro for topping
1 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
¼ tsp black pepper
2-3 TBSP peanut oil
Cooked thread noodles or rice
Heat a large deep frying pan or wok to a medium hot temperature and then add the peanut oil. Add the shallot and garlic and saute until tender (about 3-4 minutes). Add the chicken and cook until no longer pink, stirring constantly. Move the chicken mixture to a plate, leaving the oil and juices in the pan.
If need be, add more peanut oil. Add the carrots, celery, bell peppers, broccoli and snow peas to the pan. Stirring constantly, cook on medium high heat for about 3-4 minutes. Add the soy sauce, black pepper and chicken mixture back into the pan with the veggies. Stir to mix. Spoon in your favorite (Mild, Hot or Extra Hot) Habanero Pepper Jelly until you feel it’s enough sauce. Probably a whole small jar or half of a large jar. Stir the mixture and cook for about 2 more minutes.
Serve over your favorite cooked noodles or rice. Top with scallions, peanuts and cilantro.
Optional variations: Use shrimp, thinly sliced pork or beef instead of chicken. Add more of your favorite veggies. I’m a huge carrot and broccoli fan, so I use more of that. You could also add zucchini or water chestnuts. Just use what you like for flavors and texture. 😊 Enjoy!!
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Pork tenderloin with prosciutto and pepper jelly
2 small to medium sweet potatoes
1 small to medium Idaho potato
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil (EVOO)
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt, adjust to taste
3 small onions peeled and sliced into rounds
2-1/2 to 3 lbs pork tenderloin
Cayenne pepper, if your pepper jelly isn’t hot
½ cup of Penelopes hot pepper jelly
6 slices of thin cut prosciutto
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
Slice potatoes lengthwise into wedges, toss with oil, add salt, cumin and cinnamon, set aside
- Lagniappe: use an apple corer to slice the potatoes.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Dust tenderloin generously, all sides with sage, salt and pepper. Rub ½ the pepper jelly onto the tenderloin, wrap the tenderloin in the prosciutto. Place the tenderloin in a large pyrex dish (can be done on a sheet pan) on top of the sliced onion roundss. Place the potatoes around the pork. Roast for about 40 minutes until the pork is 145 degrees by thermometer, or to taste.
Warm remaining jelly with balsamic vinegar, let the cooked tenderloin rest a few minutes before slicing, garnish with chives to taste.
Stuffed Chicken Breast
2 boneless chicken breasts with fat trimmed
6 slices of center cut bacon cooked crispy
6 TBSP whipped cream cheese (recipe below)
1 stalk of scallion sliced thin
Salt and Pepper
Mild or Hot Habanero Pepper Jelly
Whipped Cream Cheese: Put an 8 oz cream cheese block into a mixing bowl with 3 TBSP of whole milk and beat with a mixer until fluffy. Scrape sides and mix again.
Cook bacon until crispy and drain on paper towels. Brown the chicken breasts in the drippings of the bacon on both sides on medium high heat about 5 minutes. Set aside. Cut the chicken diagonally so it can be stuffed with cheese and bacon. Don’t cut all the way through. Put about 3 TBSP of cream cheese on each breast (keep it toward the center) and put green onions on top. Layer the 3 slices of bacon on top of the onions and fold the chicken over it. Bake at 325 for about 30 minutes. Top the chicken with Mild or Hot Habanero Pepper Jelly and bake for 4 minutes. Serves 2.
Optional: Instead of cream cheese, you can use crumbled goat cheese.
Grilled Ham Steak
½” - ¾” ham steak (I used Boars Head Black Forest)
Hot or Mild Habanero Pepper Jelly
Heat grill on high and then turn to low. Place ham on grill and cook for 3 minutes. Turn ham over and grill the other side for 3 minutes. Spread the pepper jelly on the ham and turn again to caramelize the jelly. Spread more on the other side and repeat. Remove from the grill and serve. I’m always a fan of serving over a bed of mixed greens with your favorite crumbled cheese (feta, gorgonzola or goat). Another idea would be to serve it over a bed of creamy risotto. This recipe was pulled from the web, but sounds delicious. Let me know your thoughts after making this.
2 TBSP Butter
¼ cup finely diced sweet onion (Vidalia works)
1 finely minced garlic clove
1 cup of risotto or Arborio
3 ½ cups of chicken stock
½ cup of grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat a large skillet over med-high heat. Add butter and saute onions for about 5-6 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add risotto and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add 1 cup of stock at a time, letting the risotto absorb it before adding the next cup. Once the rice has simmered for about 20-25 minutes and all the chicken stock has been absorbed, stir in the parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper.
Baked or Blackened Wild Salmon with Capers
One fillet of salmon
Phillips Blackening Seasoning (found in Lowe's grocery store)
Mild or Hot Habanero Pepper Jelly
For the baked salmon, preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Rinse salmon with cold water and pour lemon juice over the fish. Let drain. Pat the fillet until dry. Spread the jelly on the meat side of the fish and top with capers. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Based upon the thickness, check to make sure it's cooked to your liking.
For the blackened salmon, sprinkle liberally with the Phillips Blackening Seasoning on the meat side. You can use a cast iron pan on your stove top or a cast iron griddle for your grill. Heat either pan until very hot. Add 2 TBSP canola oil to the pan. Place salmon meat side down and sear for about 5 minutes. Check to make sure it's cooked to your liking.
Remove from pan and spread jelly on the meat side. Return to pan/griddle meat side up for about 2 minutes. Remove salmon and transfer to a plate and add the desired amount of capers.