Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Peppers and Grass OH MY



We still have peppers coming out of ears. I love to grow different pepper plants. I think they are beautiful. I have to be honest, I am not for sure what to do with a lot of the peppers that we grow, but I still like to grow them nonetheless. For instance, we grow habenero peppers. I do add them to a few jars of dill pickles to add an extra kick, but what else do I do with such a hot pepper? (I have used them to decorate flower arrangements before!) I do freeze all of our green, red, and orange bell peppers. This is a huge money saver in the winter time. I will only buy a fresh pepper at the grocery store if I want it for a salad. We string up our Cayenne peppers. We hang them in our laundry room to dry, and these are great used in spaghetti sauces or chili.
In the latest issue of Taste of Home magazine, I found a great appetizer recipe using peppers. I rarely get excited about magazines, and I most certainly don't keep them around for extended periods of time. However, Taste of Home is different. I truly enjoy this magazine, and out of every issue I get at least one (if not several) new recipes that become our family favorites. When I planned my two week menu and grocery trip this time, I used mostly the recipes from this issue of Taste of Home. The magazine is sold at most grocery stores, and it isn't expensive. Hope you enjoy the recipe.
Smoky Jalapenos
14 jalapenos or milder peppers
4 oz cream cheese, softened
14 miniature smoked sausages
7 bacon strips
Cut a lengthwise slit in each pepper. remove seeds and membrane. Spread a teaspoonful of cream cheese into each pepper, stuff each with a sausage.
Cut bacon strips in half . Cook in skillet until partially cooked. Wrap a bacon piece around each pepper; secure with a toothpick. Place in an ungreased baking dish. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
grace and peace,
julie

5 comments:

TNfarmgirl said...

Hi!
use the Habaneros to make hot jam...if you like it :) Also, remember to wear gloves when cleaning out the hot peppers for this recipe :) Speaking from experience...ooohhh...bad memory!

momanna98 said...

I saw a link to your sight on TN Farm girls site. I enjoyed looking around your place. I noticed that you said you canned jalepenos. I have been searching for a recipe and cannot find one. Can you please share yours? I was also curious about, you said you string up your hot peppers in your laundry room? (At least, I think I read it on your site). Do you just stick a sting through? Could you explain that a little more? I am just learning how to get the most out of my garden. I made pickles and relish this year. Thanks.

TnFullQuiver said...

Momanna98,
I am thrilled you found my sight! I hope you enjoy your visit.

I do string up cayanne peppers. I should say, my husband does this job. (Use gloves to keep it from burning your skin)! We use heavy thread like quilting thread. Thread your needle and start putting each cayanne pepper on the string. This will allow them to dry out and you can enjoy them for up to several years. We are using some this year that we have had from 4 years ago. I noticed that they have lost there "hot", and that is why I planted more this summer. I have also seen people make "wreaths" out of cayanne peppers. They used a thin, but strong wire and made a circle out of it. They threaded the peppers until they had enough to cover the wired circle. Then they connected both ends together and added a bow of their choice. They usually hung these in their kitchens so that they had the peppers on hand when needed.

I have a wonderful canned jalepeno recipe, but I can't find it at the moment. I didn't use it this year. If I can't find it soon, I will call my mom and get it from her. I will post it as soon as I get it!! (if I forget in the next day or two, feel free to REMIND me)!! have a great day.
grace and peace,
julie

TnFullQuiver said...

Cheri,
Hot jam did you say?? Does that require a canning jar?? I am just about over canning this year!! However, your last post inspired me, and I might just have to start again. Thanks for the idea.
julie

momanna98 said...

Thanks!