I’ve been doing some experiments making Habanero Pepper Jelly-
My first samples were pretty intense…
just ask my friends!
The Habanero Pepper is much hotter than the Jalapeño Pepper- see my page ‘about the heat’.
I’ve found the important balance of sweet, hot & savory to establish a flavorful Habanero Jelly-
The way I’ve made it, it’s no hotter than the Jalapeño Jelly, just a different delicious flavor~
For the holidays I make cranberry sauce with fresh cranberries, orange juice, sugar, lemon zest & a cinnamon stick.
I save the sweet juice that I pour off of the cranberries. I refrigerate the juice & then add it to Jalapeño Infused Vodka or if I don’t have that handy I add a few tablespoons of Ojai Jalapeño Jelly or my new Habanero Jelly–
I shake it with ice in a martini shaker, strain it & serve… It’s been a hot holiday hit!
My friend Corkey has recently informed me that she is ‘hooked’ on
Ojai Jalapeño Jelly–
She came up with a new way to use it that even I had not tried until tonight.
She’s been going on & on about it, so I had to give it a try.
My daughter turned her nose up at it but LOVED it once she tried a bite- then she ate almost the whole bowl of salad.
I usually use 1 head of Romaine Lettuce for every 2 people & I usually make my dressing but not when I’m exhausted, like tonight.
Corqueena’s Salad Dressing-
About 1/4 c. of salad dressing- “Soy Vay” Toasted Sesame Dressing (from Trader Joes)
Add about 1 T. Ojai Jalapeño Jelly
Squeeze of fresh lemon
Shaved Parmesan Cheese
Don’t over dress the salad, toss & serve.
Jalapeño Inspired Halibut
Fresh Halibut Steaks (1 steak per person, bone)
1 or 2 Large Purple Onions- sliced in 1/2″ thick rings
Ojai Organic Jalapeño Jelly- 1 T. per Halibut Steak
Olive Oil- (preferably ‘il fustino‘ Arbequina Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil)
Dill (fresh or dried)
2 Fresh Lemons- 1 sliced in discs, seeded, 1 cut in wedges
1/2 C. Asiago or Parmesan Cheese- grated
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/4 C. Créme Fraiche
Preheat oven to 325º
Place enough foil on a 2″ deep (or larger) baking dish to enclose the finished product (about 10″x10″). Drizzle with olive oil. Place the sliced onion on the foil- Use one set of rings for each halibut steak. Remove about 1″ of the center of each onion. Put a heaping Tablespoon of Ojai Organic Jalapeño Jelly in each ring center. Place the halibut on top of the onion. Sprinkle the capers, dill, salt & pepper on top of the Halibut. Place a 1/8″ lemon slice on each halibut steak. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle about 2 T. grated cheese on top. Bring together sides of the foil & seal into a tent, leaving a small air space on top. Bake until the fish is white throughout- about 20-25 minutes.
Unwrap. While it’s resting a moment freshen up the look by removing the cooked lemon slice.
Garnish the Halibut by adding a fresh sprig of dill, a dot of créme fraiche & a squeeze of lemon~
Place a lemon wedge on each plate & serve immediately.
Great with Brown Rice or a White Wine Risotto, fresh vegetable & salad~
Another way to make the Halibut is to leave the onion slices with their centers & simply paint the fish
on both sides with Ojai Organic Jalapeño Fish Basting Sauce (in production-released soon).
Follow the recipe above otherwise.
Mediterranean Apricot Jalapeño Relish
Some people think that ALL PEPPERS are too spicy. Many Peppers are too hot, but not these. Try this & see if you like it…
I love APRICOTS-especially Mediterranean Dried Apricots. They’re not all dry & hard like most dried apricots~ they’re moist & supple.
The other night I was craving something sweet. I was rummaging through the pantry only to discover we’d eaten all of the dark chocolate. That’s when I found the delicious treats. I diced a handful of Mediterranean Apricots and added them to about 4 ounces of Ojai Organic Jalapeño Jelly & it was fantastic! Try this with turkey, chicken, pork, PB&J’s, or with cream cheese on crackers.
1/2 c. Mediterranean Apricots, diced
4-6 ounces Ojai Organic Jalapeño Jelly
Not sure of what to make but want it to compliment your holiday meal in a hurry?
Try this delicious cranberry sauce that takes about 5 minutes to prepare;
Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce
One 9 ounce ‘hooked ‘ size jar of Ojai Organic Jalapeño Jelly
1 bag fresh cranberries, washed & drained
Approximately 2 cups fresh orange or tangerine juice
1 or 2 cinnamon sticks
Place the cranberries, fresh juice & cinnamon sticks in pan over medium heat.
Stirring, heat only until the cranberries ‘pop‘, then set aside to cool slightly, drain off juice.
Set aside cinnamon sticks for the serving dish.
Add the cranberry mixture to a pretty serving bowl, add the Ojai Organic Jalapeño Jelly.
Stir, add back cinnamon sticks & serve~
With the holidays coming up & parties to go to, it’s always great to have something everyone loves to eat. The gathering is in your home or theirs, it’s always entertaining to make something delicious & watch it vanish~
4 T. salted butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 small handful of whole fresh sage leaves
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 c. dry white wine
One 8-inch-diameter French Brie, packed in wooden box (reserve box)
2 French bread baguettes, sliced
or use your favorite crackers
Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add sage and gently move the butter around covering all sage leaves, cook until golden brown and crunchy. Remove the sage from the butter, set aside. DON’T EAT ALL THE SAGE RIGHT NOW! although it’s hard not to- it’s SO delicious…
Add the onions to the butter, & sauté until onions are golden, stirring often, about 25 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Add the wine, stir until the liquid evaporates, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with a little salt and pepper. Cool. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Unwrap the Brie, reserving bottom of wooden box. Cut away only top rind of cheese, leaving rind on sides and bottom intact. Return Brie to box, rind side down. Place cheese & it’s container on parchment paper & baking sheet. Top the Brie evenly with the onion mixture. Bake until cheese just melts, about 30 minutes. Transfer Brie in box to platter. Surround with baguette slices or crackers and surround with a mote of Ojai Organic Jalapeño Jelly & the buttery sage leaves encompassing the dish.
Ojai is a charming little community of just over 8,000 residents. The Ojai Valley offers amazing restaurants, shops, schools, produce, the Ojai Film Festival, & much more!
I make Ojai Jalapeño Jelly here in Ojai, California. The glass hexagon-shaped jars of jelly nestle together perfectly for display purposes, in the pantry, or in the refrigerator.
Ojai Jalapeño Jelly should be refrigerated after opening
Depending on the time of year the Peppers have different colors- like Bell Peppers, the Jalapeño Pepper also presents in varying colors from green to red & orange. Ojai Jalapeño Jelly is scheduled to be on the shelves of The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, as well as il fustino in Santa Barbara.
Available by the case or half case
4 ounce ‘GIFT‘ size 12/case
6 ounce ‘PRACTICAL‘ size 12 /case
9 ounce ‘HOOKED ‘ size 12/case
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