Saturday, March 2, 2013

Eat This: Gingered Sweet Pickled Jalapenos aka "Cowboy Candy"

I made candied jalapenos aka "Cowboy Candy" here in the past.  Click HERE for the original recipe with step-by-step instructions.  I ate or gave away my stock so it was time to make more. I wanted to change it up a little and this time, adding a layer of flavor so I added fresh ginger to the recipe.  I love the Asian ginger influence mixed with the Texas taste of the jalapenos.  I cooked fresh ginger, about a 3" long piece, peeled and chopped, in with the vinegar, sugar and spice mixture.  I strained it all before adding the jalapeƱos.

I also sliced ginger into rounds and simmered them in the syrup. These were added individually to the jars as I filled them as a visual treat and reminder that the jars contained a different taste.

These came out great, although a little hotter than normal I think because I used larger jalapenos.  I think they were a little more "mature".  But still, delicious ...

A couple of tips.. wear gloves - trust me on this one, WEAR GLOVES ... and try using a mandoline for slicing pounds of peppers ... it makes that big bowl fill up a lot faster!


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