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In just a few days, most of us will be putting a turkey in the oven for a table of family and/or friends. Why not serve all those people the best darn turkey they’ve ever eaten in all their lives?
All you need is a big turkey, some onions, a large oven bag, and a bottle of Texas Pepper Jelly’s pepper jelly, pretty much any flavor, although my family prefers Pinapple Habanero.
Make sure you remove everything (bag of giblets, neckbone, etc.) from inside the turkey. Cut the onions into large chunks and put them inside the turkey.
With a pastry brush, coat the turkey with the pepper jelly. Put the glazed turkey into the oven bag, and place it in the baking pan. (Sometimes I use one of those disposable pans, and sometimes I use my nice roaster. The turkey doesn’t really care.)(You’ll want to wash your hands right away.)
Bake according to the weight of the turkey. The turkey will stick a little to the oven bag, but that’s okay. Cut the bag away and throw it in the trash. Brush more pepper jelly on the turkey; it will melt and smell like a dream come true.
Most people slice their turkey, but in my family, we “pick” it. We pick every shred of meat off the bones and pile it on a big platter.
However you serve your turkey, glazing it with Texas Pepper Jelly will create the most delicious turkey you’ve ever tasted.
Hey, listen, Labor Day is coming up REALLY SOON! Hamburger is on sale in most grocery stores, and in fact, so are pork chops and ribs. Everybody is getting ready for that awesome Labor Day cookout, including the merchants!
No cookout is complete without plenty of barbecue sauce, and Craig’s BBQ Sauce is the best you can buy.
You can buy Craig’s BBQ Sauce by the jar, or you can buy it by the gallon.
Your Labor Day cookout also needs a good supply of Texas Rib Candy, and we make several different flavors of this awesomely delicious grilling sauce. Our Rib Candies make awesome shish kabobs – brush the meats with Rib Candy and string them on the kabob skewers, alternating with vegetables and the fruit that was used to flavor the sauce!
The point is, Labor Day means, for most people, one of the last big cookouts of the season, and a big cookout needs as many Texas Pepper Jelly products as possible! Your family, friends, and other guests will thank you.
I don’t have a picture yet of the apple pie that’s in my oven as I type, but I will add it to this post when I take it out of the oven. I did take a picture of the pie BEFORE I put it in the oven – wanna see it? Seriously? Okay.
Look closely and you’ll see the letters “TA” on the pie. That’s so people will know ’tis apple. I read a novel years ago about a cook who always labeled her pies thusly, and I loved her method. I’ve labeled every pie I’ve ever made.
My family laughs when I make peach pie, but who wouldn’t laugh at a pie with “TP” on it?
This particular apple pie is special, not just because it’s in the oven at 1:00 a.m. It’s special because I added 1/2 cup of Apple Habanero Rib Candy to the regular apple pie recipe.
That’s one of the cool things about Texas Pepper Jelly products – not only are they absolutely delicious when used in usual ways; they’re absolutely delicious when you use them in unusual ways.
And, you can add Texas Pepper Jelly products to almost any kind of recipe to “spice it up” a notch.
UPDATE: Here’s the pie, all ready to set on the table for dessert and. . . . well, it seems that my husband couldn’t wait for dessert. Oh, well, you can at least see that there WAS a baked pie in my house.
Here’s how I made the pie that’s making my house smell so good at this hour of the morning:
Double crust pie crust
8 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced thin
1/2 cup sugar (I used Truvia this time, just to see how it would turn out.)
1 heaping tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup Apple Habanero Rib Candy
Four pats of butter
What to do:
Spread one of the pie crusts into a medium-sized pie pan
Fill the pan with the sliced apples
Pour the Rib Candy over the slices.
Sprinkle the sugar, then the cinnamon, over the slices.
Sprinkle the flour over the sugar and cinnamon.
Place the butter pats evenly over the slices.
Do not stir! Leave everything in layers.
Cover with the other pie crust, and crimp the edges. You’ll need to cut vents into the pie crust’s surface, so use your imagination and be creative. r
Bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes. Turn the temperature down to 350, and let the pie bake for another 25 minutes or until the crust is nicely browned and the apples are done.
Let it cool for as long as your family can keep their hands off it, and serve with ice cream, or whipped cream, or cheese, or plain. Eating pie is an individual thing, and no two people do it the same way. Nor should they. 🙂
This recipe for Texas Crockpot Apple Butter is super easy and SUPER DELICIOUS, and your family will love it.
I always begin this process right before bedtime. There’s nothing like dreaming while wonderful aromas waft all through the house. . . .
1 dozen apples, peeled, cored, cubed
1/4 Cup Water
1/4 cup Apple Habanero Rib Candy
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon All Spice
What to do:
Toss all of the above into your crockpot, mix well, put the lid on it, set it on “low,” and go to bed.
When you get up in the morning, give it a stir and replace the lid, but put a spoon under the lid so it’s vented JUST A LITTLE BIT. Go on to work.
When you get home, remove the lid and give it another stir. It’s still quite lumpy, but that’s how my kids like it best. My husband, however, wants apple butter to be smooth and lump-less, like, you know, butter. So for him, I either whisk away the lumps or, if the lumps are stubborn (it depends on the kind of apples you used!) I pour it into the blender.
It’s now ready to eat, and you’ll have to slap hands away from it or they’ll be scooping it right out of the jars you’ve poured it into. Freeze some of it and put the rest in the refrigerator, if you can pry it out of your family’s hands.
This is fantastic fresh homemade apple butter with a Texas kick to it. You’ll not find anything like this in a store. Fortunately, it’s easy to make!
Since we all have our individual flavor preferences, our mixed case of Texas Pepper Jelly just might be your best bet, if pleasing everyone is your goal. Unlike most companies, our mixed cases are mixed according to YOUR preferences, not our personal convenience. In other words, you tell us which flavors you want in your mixed case; we don’t tell you.
Choose one of each. Choose a full case of two flavors. Choose one flavor and the rest of another flavor. It’s your call – your preferences. We’ll send you whatever you ask us to send you.
And then, when you have your holiday cooking – or an everyday cookout, for that matter – you’ll be able to offer your family and friends whichever flavor they love best.
Add to their choices our Rib Candy or other grilling sauces, and your cookout is destined to be one of the highlights of your and everybody else’s lives!
If there was ever an “official” day to grill out, it would be Father’s Day, wouldn’t it!
This weekend, families all over the nation will be outdoors, watching Dad grill, and devouring the results. Whether your dad’s specialty is simply burgers and dogs, or whether your dad ventures into the area of ribs, briskets, chicken, and other delicious meats, there’s something about food cooked on a grill, outdoors, that makes us drool just to think about it.
People have bigger appetites when they eat outdoors, and foods cooked on an outdoor grill have a fragrance that nothing else can compete with. If you don’t believe it, just think for a minute and remember how the very air smells when your neighbors are grilling out, and how “other people’s meals” can inspire you to fire up your own grill.
This Father’s Day, we here at Texas Pepper Jelly hope you and your family have a wonderful, safe, yummy day, with all the people you love best. If you are fortunate enough to still have your father, and if you are even MORE fortunate to have a father who loves to cook outdoors, we hope you will count your blessings, and perhaps even share him with friends who have lost their fathers.
As for all of you fathers out there, who plan to grill out this weekend, well, all we can say is, GOOD MOVE! And we know your families appreciate it, too.
And if we may make some recommendations, your cookout would be greatly improved and enhanced if you used some Texas Pepper Jelly products, such as any of our pepper jellies, which make great marinades and grilling sauces, our brand-new Texas Bird Bath for your chicken, and our absolutely delicious Texas Rib Candy, which will make your family line up for more before the cook has even had a chance to sit down.