Hot peppers are funny things. Sometimes they’re so hot you can hardly eat them and sometimes they have no heat at all. I wanted my Hot Pepper Jelly to have some heat and I knew the peppers I planted this year were going to do the job. You can make a mild version of this by using only sweet peppers but then it wouldn’t be Hot Pepper Jelly, would it?
These Sauerkraut Balls are a popular appetizer down here at the lake. My friend Kathy makes huge batches of them in an assembly line with friends and family. They freeze them uncooked so they’re easy to pull out for a fish fry or happy hour. They’re quick and awesome deep fried but they bake well too. I know, they sound a little weird but you’ll be surprised how good they are. Serve them with a little honey mustard dipping sauce and it’s like you’re having a sausage on a bun in one bite.
I came up with this idea because I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make some baked stuffed tomatoes or a simple Caprese Salad. I had these beautiful Campari tomatoes. They’re larger than a cherry tomato but not a full sized variety. Too large for a one bite uncooked idea like these Cheese and Olive Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. And too small for a Caprese Salad. Perfect size for stuffing and baking. And although I’ve already made Pesto recently, I’ve still got lots of fresh basil in my herb garden. So I took the elements of a traditional caprese salad and combined them to make these Caprese Stuffed Tomatoes.
Have you ever been at a party and someone brings a tray of Devilled Eggs that look perfect? The yolks look nice and yellow compared to the ones you usually make? Well here’s a secret. Mustard. Yup, plain old regular mustard is like adding food colouring with extra zip. And, don’t tell anyone but you can also add something that makes people go hmmmm, there’s something I’m tasting but I can’t quite put my finger on it.
Mmmmmmmussels. Not to be confused with muscles, of which I have none. But these bivalves are so easy to cook and they’re cheap! I mean inexpensive. You can find them at most grocery stores and since they’re harvested year round, they’re always in season. 80% of the mussels sold in North America are from PEI so include some in your Canada Day weekend celebration!