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Lemon-Jalapeno Relish (for wimps!)

Lemon Jalapeno Relish (for Wimps!)

This relish is GOOD, full of flavor but has almost no heat, despite the fact that these peppers are plenty hot both when raw and after pickling. I am a WIMP when it comes to real spice, but I can pile this stuff on burgers, eggs, etc., and while chewing I get a nice taste of jalapeno, (no sweat or heat above black pepper level, I swear!), then after swallowing I get the loveliest burst of lemon.

Three weeks later, it looks like my 30 day fridge life estimate will hold. The quart may even last long enough to prove or disprove the theory for sure, hard to say at this point, but I told the boys “Hands Off!”…. so maybe! 🙂 I’m sure that’s the only reason there is any left at all.


For Wimps

I pickle hot jalapeno peppers regularly for my “boys” but wanted something a little mellower for me. I also didn’t want to have to seed and dice the peppers each time I wanted to use them, so I created this, and ended up with exactly one quart of deliciousness.

  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup oil
  • 12 jumbo jalapenos (or 18 average, 24 small) – seeded and coarsely chopped in 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 large onion, also 1/2″ dice
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • zest from 4 lemons – larger pieces are better
  • 3 Tb white vinegar
  • few drops Fiberfit or sweetener equivalent to 1 Tb. sugar

Cook the peppers in the oil, spices, and zest over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until well softened but NOT BROWNED or limp.

Remove from heat, and stir in the vinegar, the  juices from all 4 lemons, and your preferred smidgen of sweetener. You can skip this, but it helps accentuate the lemon flavor without making it taste in any way “sweet”.

Cover when cool, and refrigerate for up to 4 weeks.

Made exactly a quart – “love it when a plan comes together!”



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