The name itself evokes questions.
Is it candy? What exactly is this stuff that sounds like it’s straight off the frontier.
I guess….an explanation is in order.
Cowboy Candy is sliced fresh jalapenos that you simmer in a sweet vinegar syrup and then pour into a mason jar to sit and age like liquid gold.
Once you’ve tried it over a cracker with some cream cheese or even better – creamy goat cheese, you will be forever addicted…the sweet syrup balances out the heat of the jalapenos and just makes you sigh with joy.
But don’t stop there…pour it over grilled pork chops or a pork loin. Drizzle them over hot dogs or grilled brats. Whatever you do ….
Make. Cowboy. Candy.
Our garden is cranking out peppers like crazy…the jalapenos and seranos are going nuts! The shishitos, our personal favs are the ones getting the most attention. We toss them onto a hot iron skillet with a little olive oil and blister them then sprinkle with a good sea salt and eat them right out of the skillet.
Here is what we’re currently doing with jalapenos.
Slice up about a pound of jalapenos. If they’re garden fresh, red ones are A-ok as well!
In a medium saucepan, add 3 cups of sugar and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 teaspoons of turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon of celery seed, a teaspoon of granulated garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
Then add in all those sliced jalapenos.
Simmer for approximately four minutes.
Then using a slotted spoon, remove the peppers to a bowl.
Pour the peppers into a mason jar.
Then using a ladle, pour the syrup in on top of the peppers until it reaches about 1/2 inch of the rim of the jar.
And that’s it…you can go ahead from this point and can the Cowboy Candy using the directions on the printable recipe that follows. This stuff never lasts long enough in our house to make it to the shelves for much time though…
Our family is especially fond of cheese boards…so we put out a dish of this deliciousness with some kind of soft cheese at family gatherings..like cream cheese, honey goat cheese, even brie.
You will love this stuff…it’s so addictive. I am hoping to make several more jars…it’s that good.