Over our Christmas trip, one of my goals was to make pepper jelly with my youngest sisters. I've wanted to try making it for a while, and I knew it was something simple that they could help me with.
I'm really, really liking Recipezaar.com these days. There were many pepper jelly recipes to choose from, but the one I picked was Recipe #58516. Since the jelly we were making wasn't extremely spicy, we went with green food coloring instead of the red.
The jelly came out so beautiful. It was a fun, easy project. My mom already had the jars, and I bought the ingredients for around $8 (for a yield of 5 half-pint jars. We would have had 6, but we had a little problem when the jelly boiled over onto the stove - my fault!).
I brought one jar home with me, and my sisters gave the remaining jars as Christmas gifts to grandparents and aunts.
One way to use pepper jelly is to place a block of cream cheese on a decorative plate, and spread the pepper jelly over the cream cheese. Serve with crackers...instant hit!