If there is one thing that I look forward to every Holiday Season, it has to be this Sweet Pepper Jelly.
It’s a family tradition that has been around since before I can remember. My grandma would make several jars of it and we would always, always, always have it at Thanksgiving as a little appetizer. This Sweet Pepper Jelly makes an appearance at nearly every family gathering during the Holidays.
The jelly is made with red and green bell peppers that are diced into a very small pieces then stirred into a slightly tart and sweet jelly.
Since I am not going to be with my family this year to indulge in traditions, I decided to make my own batch of Sweet Pepper Jelly, and share the recipe with everyone.
And more importantly… the proper way of serving it.
Place a brick of cream cheese on a plate or small serving platter.
Pour Sweet Pepper Jelly on top.
Spread on crackers.
Eat said crackers.
Mind blowing, I know.
But seriously. This stuff is mega-addictive.
You wont be able to stay away from it.
Plus as an added bonus, it makes one heck of a homemade gift. It’s beautiful amber color with little flecks of red and green peppers make it a gorgeous seasonal gift that everyone will enjoy. Just wrap a pretty ribbon around it and you’re golden!
I hope you enjoy this family tradition as much as we do.
- ¾ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
- ¾ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
- 1½ cup white vinegar
- 6½ cups white sugar
- 2 packets liquid pectin (6 tablespoons)
- 3 Pint Sized canning jars - sterilized (or 6-7 Half Pint Sized canning jars)
- Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large stainless steel sauce pan (make sure to use one with high sides because it will rise and you don't want it to boil over).
- Bring mixture to a boil, and boil for 6 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add the pectin and continue boiling and stirring for an additional 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and skim off (and discard) and foam on top with a spoon. Ladle the jelly into the prepared jars. Wipe off the rims and apply the lids.
- Place the jars in a large pot of water and bring to a boil for 5-10 minutes. Carefully remove from water and let cool. Jars can be stored at room temperature. Once opened, store in refrigerator.