By now you know of my love affair with habanero peppers. Habanero chilis are very hot, rated 100,000–350,000 on the Scoville scale., but the heat combined with the tartness of the cranberry juice and sweetness from the sugar make for a delicious combination. If you’re a cranberry-orange fan, I suggest you add a teaspoon of orange extract as well.
This is one of the jellies/jams I always make up as gifts during the holidays. Plus…our garden generated a bucketload of habanero and ghost peppers this summer! I’ve used some of the ghost peppers to make a jam for a friend of mine who likes it hot! hot! hot! That’s a little too hot, however, even for me!
One of the easiest ways to use this is as a spread over cream cheese—you know that classic already. You can also blend 2-3 Tablespoons with a log of goat cheese, tasting to suit your preferences. Both of these make super additions to your holiday cheese boards.
I also like to use it on grilled ham (or turkey) and cheese paninis like the one I recently did for Petit Jean Meats as part of a THV11 segment. While I used cranberry-jalapeno jelly for the show, I really prefer this habanero version. You know me and heat! Check out that Grilled Ham, Brie and Apple Sandwich with Spicy Cranberry-Mustard . It’s sooooo good, y’all! (PJM did provide the ham.)
And if you get a late-night while-you-are-hard-at-work hankering for a bite, spread some chunky peanut butter on a Ritz cracker and top it with a bite of this jelly. Hmmm, yeah!