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Jalapeno peppers....what to do with a couple extra pounds?

Someone gave me a couple pounds of jalapenos. I also have a few banana peppers, and about 12 cayenne peppers. I could turn it all into a hot sauce, but other than that, what are some good options? A chutney? Pickled?

Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. ABT's of course

    Half them lengthwise, scoop out the seeds. Fill with cream cheese, lil smokie (or pulled pork), wrap in a half slice of bacon, toothpick together and smoke for a couple hours. Or bake at 325 unil the bacon is crisp.

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    1. re: chileheadmike

      I just made these in the oven the other day for the first time (no grill or smoker) - but with no lil smokies. Went really well. Just softened some cream cheese, added a touch of chili and garlic powder and wrapped each half with about a half slice of bacon. Think i cooked it at 350 for about 30 minutes and then turned on the broiler for a few minutes to really crisp up the bacon. Polished off about 15 of them in record time. Might have to break them out this weekend.

    2. I am a fanatic for Jalapeno Relish, to the point that I ended up learning to make it myself.
      2 lbs of Jalapenos diced small seeds removed
      1 carrot diced
      1 Red pepper diced
      4 cups of apple cider vinigar
      1 1/2 cups Sugar (more or less to taste depending on how sweet you want the relish)
      1 table spoon whole mustard seed
      1 tablespoon Dill

      put all ingredients into a large pot and simmer for 20 minutes, than refrigerate.
      awsome on anything from chili to enchaladas, to hotdogs and hamburgers.

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      1. re: willdupre

        Do you think this recipe could be canned do you think in a hot water bath? I've got the last of my jalapenos, and red peppers in my garden, and i would love to preserve their flavor for the rest of the year, and this sounds spicy and delicious.

      2. I've made Cowboy Candy before - just didn't add the food coloring. I've used both green and red (different batches) peppers.
        http://www.food.com/recipe/cowboy-can...

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        1. re: critter101

          Yep, I was just thinking of making another batch of this stuff, love it. I would also recommend making jalapeño jelly , it's great with cheese and crackers.

          1. re: geminigirl

            Hi geminigirl,

            Do you know of a good recipe for Jalapeno jelly. Could you direct me to a recipe. I can find one, but since you have made it before, I feel you would know if the recipe would be good or not.

            1. re: gem_of_cali

              Hi, absolutely. I've used the recipe from the Ball Complete Book of Home Presesrving, and if I remember correctly I believe the recipe that comes with the liquid pectin is exactly the same. You need 2 pouches of the liquid pectin and 12 ounces of jalapenos along with cider vinegar and sugar. This summer I also made the variation from Ball using red peppers, this one was really good as well and good for the folks who don't like the hot stuff. Let me know if you need more info.

          1. If you have a smoker make your own chipotle peppers.Grind into chili powder.Use all winter long.

            1. I put then in the blender seeds and all with a little evoo then blend and freeze them. When I want to spice up a soup or something I just scoop a spoon out.

              1. I'd have to make poppers, and I'd probably roast, chop, and freeze the rest. When I have a lot of hot peppers around, I throw them in everything along with the garlic and onion.

                1. You could infuse some vodka with jalapenos and enjoy delicious spicy cocktails later! As Analisas Mom said above, they freeze really well too.

                  1. If you do a lot of spicy cook like I do, just rinse them, dry them, pop them whole as is into a Ziploc bag & freeze them. Then just take them out & use them as you need them in recipes. They're very easy to seed & chop/mince in the frozen state. Needless to say, the texture won't be crisp, but it's absolutely fine for chili, enchiladas, & other Mexican dishes.

                    I've had bags keep just fine this way until next year's crop starts coming in.