A friend of my brother's who lives in East Texas (Jefferson, to be exact - be sure to visit the Excelsior and the Jefferson hotels. They are rumoured to be haunted!) cans her own jalapeno relish that is absolutely delicious. This is loosely based on what I loved about hers. I love cranberries and try to use them when I can. They add a lovely sweet-tart note to this relish. Use fresh cranberries when you can, though. This relish would be divine on grilled sausages, burgers, pizza topping or even vanilla ice cream. It could also be stirred into mayonnaise for a quick tartar sauce for baked, fried or grilled fish. —gr8chefmb
4-6 cups, depending on peppers
apple cider vinegar
coarse ground salt
whole black peppercorns
stick cinnamon. broken in half
jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced crosswise [use a mandolin if you have one]
In a Dutch oven, place water, vinegar, sugar and salt over medium heat. Whisk until sugar is dissolved. Place dill seed, mustard seed, peppercorns, allspice, cloves and cinnamon in the center of a 12-inch piece of cheesecloth folded in half; tie corners securely in two knots or use kitchen strong to tie securely closed. Add spice bundle, jalapeno peppers, onion, carrots and cranberries to saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, discard spice bag and allow to cool.