Losers!

Grape Jalapeno Jelly…Maybe, Maybe Not!

Grape Jalapeno Jelly may not be the best idea!  Each year I have a small harvest of concord grapes, if the birds and squirrels decide they want to share.

In the past, I have made grape biscuits (to be shared another year), but this year I wanted to try something different.  I like grape jelly and I like jalapeno jelly…why not try a combo?  Sounded like a good idea.

Bowl of concord grapes

I searched the web and did not find ONE SINGLE recipe.  I adapted a blackberry jalapeno jelly but decided to cut back on the jalapeno so it wasn’t too hot.  Big mistake!  While the grape jelly is beautiful and tastes good, the slight jalapeno aftertaste is perplexing to my taste buds.

cooking grapes for jelly
Straining the juice from the grapes
Grape juice for the jelly
Cooking the grape juice with jalapeno for jelly
Grape Jalapeno Jelly

Not all of my great kitchen experiments are winners.  This is one of the losers.  I will not share the recipe but I’ll share photos. I’m hoping to salvage this disaster by using the jelly in a meatball sauce or perhaps mixing with a hot pepper jelly and serving over brie or cream cheese. I’ll keep you posted, but be aware…if a recipe isn’t posted anywhere on the internet, there may be a reason for it.

Lesson learned!

New Favorite

Grape and Goat Cheese Bites

As daughter Sarah and I planned for appetizers for their wedding reception, we found this Grape and Goat Cheese Bite appetizer.  What’s not to like…goat cheese, pecans and grapes.  Simple.  Luscious.  And, again, a Pinterest find.

GRAPE AND GOAT CHEESE BITES

  • Finely chop pecans in a food processor.
  • The hardest part of this recipe is rolling the goat cheese into balls.  Only take a small amount of goat cheese from the frig at a time since it is easier to roll when cold.
  • Roll room temperature goat cheese balls in chopped pecans (so nuts will easily stick to goat cheese).
  • Put goat cheese ball on a toothpick and top with a fresh, washed green grape.  Voila!