How would you like a nice bowl of creamy ice cream topped with pepper jelly? What? Wait! Pepper jelly on ice cream? Why, yes, as it gives you a sweet-heat treat neatly atop that cool and creamy dessert. Why go for chocolate sauce when you can try pepper jelly that comes in a vast array of flavours and gives most things a kick?
Zesty, sweet, heat–that’s what pepper jelly brings to the table, or the grill, or the frozen treats, or the finger foods, or the dips, or, well, you get the idea.
Obviously the first thoughts about how to use pepper jelly will be all the ways you use regular jelly. Toast, bagels, peanut butter sandwiches, on crackers, on Melba toast, the list goes on and on. But this condiment isn’t limited to breakfast anymore. Since it’s not a new idea, people have had the time to experiment and come up with many, many uses for the stuff and they didn’t stop at breakfast, not by a long shot!
People have been mixing it into drinks like margaritas and daiquiri’s as it kicks the flavour up a notch, giving that iced drink a hint of heat that makes it all the more delicious. It’s also been used as a marinade or a glaze for meat that is about to be grilled. This gives a fruity heat flavour to meat and is especially good on pulled pork or chicken, just for a variety of taste.
And since it’s being used as a topping for ice cream, it was only a matter of time before someone decided to add it to frozen treats that are made at home. Simply mix in with your juice of choice and viola, you have an interesting tasting frozen treat to enjoy by the pool.
Meat isn’t the only thing to benefit from a glaze of pepper jelly at the next BBQ though, as it’s being used as a glaze for vegetables too. With so many flavours available, you can have a different veggie pepper jelly combination every day! Hot wings, candied bacon and caramelized carrots all get a little bit better when you add this super versatile condiment.
If you haven’t tried pepper jelly yet, what are you waiting for? With so many varieties you’re sure to find one or two perfect for you and your family, perhaps you’ll even come up with a new and exciting way to use it in a dish no one has thought of before!