June 5, 2011

goodness gracious, great balls of fire

For me, the epitome of the marvelous spicy-sweet combination is probably pepper jelly. Homemade is obviously best, but a close second is the batch I recently sampled from The East India Company.


The aspect of it that most stood out to me was the subtle hint of ginger--it was unexpected, and it was decidedly welcome. There's a definite kick from the peppers, too--it doesn't mess around! The flame is properly balanced by the sweetness, however, making for an exciting and satisfying eating experience.


There are many fitting places to make use of a tasty and unusual condiment like this pepper (or, as those Brits call it, chilli) jelly. It's thrilling in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it livens up a baked brie appetizer, and it makes a nice component of a meatball sauce. I might even be tempted to put the spicy jelly on some pancakes, literally making them hot cakes. (That reminds me of a one-liner I recently saw: Signs that things aren't going so well: You can't even sell hotcakes. Ha.) My favorite way to partake of it, however, is slathered atop a buttery biscuit. Eat it. Can't beat it.


I encourage all of you to check out The East India Company--they have a huge range of products, from tea to chocolates to chutney. Hey, if you have to deal with pounds, the money type is better than the weight type, right?

55 comments:

Barbara said...

There was an herb farm in northern Michigan that sold pepper jelly...green and red. It was marvelous on cream cheese with crackers. I have a recipe for it someplace, but I've never made it.
Never thought of slathering it on pancakes and biscuits!

Pam said...

One year, I made my own apricot pepper jelly, and we had eaten all of it within a month (several pints!)

~~louise~~ said...

I wait with eager anticipation for the new jars of pepper jelly the local stands will be selling this year. Last year I just didn't buy enough.

You have given me some GREAT ideas, Grace. I may just need to buy more than usual. Hot Biscuits? Oh YES!!! I need to try that and the pancakes ASAP!

Thanks for sharing and the reminder...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Pepper jelly is to die for, especially when paired with good cheese!

Cheers,

Rosa

Neil Butterfield said...

looks absolutely delicious.

Von said...

I've never heard of pepper jelly before, but it sounds so interesting! I'm just trying to imagine what it tastes like....now I want to try it!

unMuse said...

I've always grown up with pepper jelly! It's awesome! The best I ever had, though, was my grandmother's Pink Grapefruit and Habanero. To. Die. For. Sweet and hot, sour and sweet.

Foodycat said...

You've just reminded me that I made a couple of jars of apple & chilli jam last autumn and I haven't even opened them yet!

vanillasugar said...

pepper jelly and cheese sammiches. the best!

Angie's Recipes said...

mm...I just bought some rice crackers and some of these pepper jelly would be really great on them.

justjoycee said...

Wow, never had it, but I definately would love to try!

pigpigscorner said...

I've yet to try pepper jelly. Looks so good!

Cheryl said...

YUM, YUM, YUM! I love it and bet it tastes crazy good!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Mmmm...pepper jelly is great with cream cheese and crackers. Or even on toast. :) This looks yummy!

MaryBeth said...

Just that little spoonful would have me under the table...I so am a baby when it comes to heat in my food, my husband on the other hand would love this!

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Emily said...

Mmmm pepper jelly on a buttery biscuit sounds good to me!

I like your idea about using it in a brie appetizer.

Maria said...

Wow! I can imagine the flavour, this is incredible!

Marjolaine - The East India Company said...

Hi Grace!
Thank you for your kind words and your wonderful pictures about our Chilli Jelly Jam!!

Lucie said...

Oooh. Biscuit + amazing jelly = why aren't I in the US???

MJ said...

Love your last comment! As a Registered Dietitian, I'm always looking for subtle,small, but flavor-packed 'treats' like this for my clients to try so that they get away from eating copious amounts of mediocre, if not awful tasting 'junk' foods in their search for satiety. These types of products can really help people get back into true enjoyment of food without all the fat and kcalories. Thanks for this review of such a special and different choice!

Lynda said...

Oh yea, pepper jelly and fresh biscuits = a marriage made in heaven. I have never made it, but my Granmother used to make the best pepper jelly.

Marjie said...

I'm not much of a fan of jelly, but it sure is pretty!

Juliana said...

I love pepper jelly but never made it...I sure would love to get some.
Have a great week ahead Grace :-)

Rosita Vargas said...

Delicious pepper jelly,looks gorgeous superb,cariños y abrazos.

Natalya (Deliciously Suite) said...

Now I've never had pepper jelly and at first glance thought this was some type of chutney. But now I'm determined to hunt it down. Oh Grace, you just continue to help me add to my already overstuffed pantry.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

In a PB & J sandwich? Really? Now I'm usually with you but this one I'll have to consider carefully ;)

Joanne said...

One of my friends had a savory pepper jelly cheesecake at her wedding...and since then I've been obsessed. I'll have to check this brand out!

The Blonde Duck said...

Seriously, we're food soulmates.

Faith said...

Pepper jelly is good stuff! Love the idea of adding it to a meatball sauce!

shaz said...

Love the beautiful colour of the jelly. I always associate sweet/spicy/sticky with chutney though. I wonder if this is similar. Either way, sounds delish.

marla said...

This jelly looks awesome! Would you consider adding this dip to this weeks appetizer line up for Get Grillin'? It looks amazing. You can link up to 3 of your amazing recipes :)

5 Star Foodie said...

This jelly sounds excellent, love your shots of it!

Pam said...

I love pepper jelly - it's so good on so many things.

Emily Malloy said...

Yummm! It looks so good. What great pictures!!

sweetlife said...

we love pepper jelly, love the color!

sweetlife

Erica said...

I would love to try pepper jelly!!!Looks delicious.

Jaime said...

I love spicy with sweet! How nice that you got to sample this product :)

Lisa-Marie said...

I love the stuff! It is a very good replacement to a chutney!

Lori said...

I love hot pepper jelly.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Mmm I just discovered pepper jelly a few years ago -- love the combination of sweet n spicy!

lisa is cooking said...

Now, on a buttery biscuit sounds amazing, but on a pbj is something I need to try!

The Teacher Cooks said...

Laughter is one of the many reasons that I read your blog. You make me smile!

kat said...

I think the most popular jam I made last year was the fig and jalapeno. We especially love it over a sheep's cheese on crackers.

Cooking Contests said...

I know I've had pepper jelly before and I can't remember where. I do remember that I loved it! And i agree it's best with biscuits. Explain the meatball sauce... that sounds really interesting, but I can't figure out how it works.

~Nancy Lewis~

Deborah said...

I love sweet and spicy - I need some of this!

Gloria said...

I love this look amazing! gloria

Mrs. L said...

Yum, incorporating this into some sort of sauce for some good, porky meatballs, is making my mouth water!

WizzyTheStick said...

Sadly I don't eat it often enough

foodhoe said...

wowza, chili jelly on biscuits dripping with butter... what a taste sensation that would be! I wonder if they have a retail source here in the states?

Hornsfan said...

I love pepper jelly! I'm definitely a fan of homemade first but there are surely some good other brands out there and this clearly is one :) My favorite way to eat it is to put it over cream cheese and serve it with crackers...mmm mouth watering just thinking about it.

marla said...

Thanks for posting this! I keep reading about pepper jelly & I have none. It is very apparent that I need it :)

Carolyn Jung said...

Drool, drool, DROOL! ;)
You're fiendish to be showing me a biscuit like that so up close and personal. LOL

JAC's TAILGATERS said...

I know this post is a little late but I just found this blog. I love using pepper jelly's as glazes on grilled meats. Just adds a ne deminsion to the flavors. I have created a couple of fruit sauces that are similar to a pepper jelly just for that purpose. Raspberry Chipotle and Pineapple Orange Habanero.

culinography said...

I've been looking for a pepper jelly that doesn't include seeds (and that doesn't require me to make it)... BINGO! Thanks! :)