Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hot Pepper Butter

Let's talk about Pepper Butter. This is one of those recipes that you can alter yourself and make it whatever way you would like. Get crazy... do your own thing!

Last weekend was jam-packed fun for us!

I love summer in Tennessee. I actually love Fall, Winter, and Spring as well...

Summer means Farmer's Market every Saturday in the Square. There's something awesome about supporting local farmers in your area. They work hard to bring you fresh produce that is straight off the vine. If there is a Farmer's Market in your area, I say GO! Enjoy it! Not only does ours have fresh produce, there's tons of booths serving homemade jams, CINNAMON ROLLS, and fresh fruit waters!

While we were there, we tried Strawberry Basil Lemonade.

Want to talk about refreshing! I also tried Blackberry Sage Water, and it's crazy how the combination of the two create such an explosive flavor.

Then, we headed to this little girl's birthday party! Her parent's are very close friends, and we had a blast at her party!

...and while we were there, we ate.. ohh.. about 5 of these. These cupcakes were made by Hooty Cakes, and they were everything I ever imagined they could be. I'm a sucker for desserts, but these cupcakes took it to a whole new level!

...and now back to the Hot Pepper Butter. After the party, we headed over to a great friend/mentor/boss/all-around great person's house, and got to work on the Butter! Cooking with friends is so much fun. Grab your family, get around the stove, and make some memories people. It's just something money cannot buy!

While we were there, we made Joy the Baker's Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk Cake. Let me tell you about Joy the Baker. EVERY recipe that she comes up with has never failed, and never ceased to amaze me. She has a very special gift! was amazing. Highly recommended!

But back to the Butter. These are very easy to make, and just use what you have on hand. Bell peppers, banana peppers, jalapeƱo peppers if you like a little kick! I'm new to the whole canning process, and if you're like me, and need a little guidance, here is a great post about how to properly can your goods.

These also make great gifts!

I'm sure you're asking yourself... "What would this pepper be good with?" EVERYTHING.

We served our Pepper Butter over hotdogs with Homemade Hotdog Buns.

A more appropriate question would be what NOT to serve this with... And I just haven't found anything that doesn't compliment it.

Guys... this Hot Pepper Butter is amazing.
I hope you like it!

Hot Pepper Butter
recipe from Laurie Witherow

1 quart yellow mustard
1 quart cider vinegar
4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups flour shaken in 1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 gallon bag of yellow and red peppers

Seed and chop peppers.
Mix everything together. Because we rough chopped the peppers, we used an emersion blender at this point. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly or until desired thickness.
Ladle into hot, sterilized jars. Cap with hot lid and of course the ring and process in hot water bath for 10 minutes.
Eat fresh on hot dogs, with pretzels as a dip or. . .wait for it. . .as a glaze on a ham!

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