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Pineapple Cowboy Candy

Pineapple Cowboy Candy Recipe

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Welcome to our sweet and spicy section! Today, we’re sharing a unique and flavorful recipe for Pineapple Cowboy Candy. This dish combines the sweetness of fresh pineapple with the heat of jalapeño peppers, creating a delicious condiment that’s perfect for snacking, topping burgers, or adding a kick to your favorite dishes. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup thinly sliced jalapeño peppers
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 cloves finely chopped garlic

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

  1. Dice Pineapple: Dice the fresh pineapple into small, even pieces.
  2. Slice Jalapeños: Thinly slice the jalapeño peppers. Remove the seeds if you prefer a milder heat.
  3. Chop Garlic: Finely chop the garlic cloves.
  4. Grate Ginger: Grate the ginger.

Step 2: Cook the Mixture

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a large pot, combine the apple cider vinegar, granulated sugar, lemon juice, mustard seeds, turmeric powder, grated ginger, and chopped garlic. Stir well.
  2. Heat Mixture: Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Add Pineapple and Jalapeños: Once the mixture reaches a boil, add the diced pineapple and sliced jalapeños. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the pineapple is tender and the jalapeños are slightly translucent.

Step 3: Jar the Candy

  1. Sterilize Jars: While the mixture is cooking, sterilize your jars and lids by boiling them in water for 10 minutes. Drain on a clean towel.
  2. Fill Jars: Carefully ladle the hot pineapple and jalapeño mixture into the sterilized jars, leaving about 1/4 inch of headspace at the top.
  3. Seal Jars: Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue. Place the lids on the jars and screw on the bands until fingertip tight.

Step 4: Process the Jars

  1. Process in Water Bath: Place the filled jars in a boiling water bath canner. Ensure the jars are covered by at least 1 inch of water. Process for 10 minutes.
  2. Cool Jars: Remove the jars from the water bath and let them cool on a towel or cooling rack. Listen for the “pop” sound to ensure the jars are properly sealed.

Step 5: Store and Serve

  1. Store: Store the sealed jars in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year. Once opened, refrigerate and use within 1 month.
  2. Serve: Serve Pineapple Cowboy Candy as a condiment on burgers, sandwiches, tacos, or as a sweet and spicy snack on its own. Enjoy!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Heat Level: Adjust the number of jalapeño slices based on your preferred heat level. Remove the seeds for a milder flavor or keep them for extra heat.
  • Storage: Ensure proper sealing and storage of the jars to maintain the quality and safety of the candy.
  • Alternative Uses: Use the leftover syrup from the mixture as a glaze for meats or as a sweet and spicy drizzle for roasted vegetables.

Variations

Tropical Cowboy Candy

Add 1 cup of diced mango or papaya to the mixture for a tropical twist.

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Spicy Cowboy Candy

Include 1-2 diced habanero peppers along with the jalapeños for an extra spicy version.

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Smoky Cowboy Candy

Add 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika to the mixture for a smoky flavor.

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Herb-Infused Cowboy Candy

Add a sprig of fresh rosemary or thyme to the pot while simmering for an herbaceous note.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this recipe without canning?

Yes, you can make a smaller batch and store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 month without canning. Simply follow the cooking instructions and store the finished product in an airtight container.

How do I know if my jars are properly sealed?

After cooling, press the center of each lid. If the lid does not flex up and down, it is properly sealed. If the lid flexes, store the jar in the refrigerator and use within 1 month.

Can I use canned pineapple instead of fresh?

Fresh pineapple is recommended for the best texture and flavor, but you can use canned pineapple if needed. Be sure to drain it well before using.

What can I serve with Pineapple Cowboy Candy?

This candy is versatile and can be served with burgers, sandwiches, tacos, cheese platters, or as a topping for grilled meats and roasted vegetables.

How can I make the candy less sweet?

Reduce the amount of sugar to 1 1/2 cups if you prefer a less sweet version. Keep in mind that sugar helps with preservation, so the shelf life may be slightly reduced.

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Pineapple Cowboy Candy is a unique and flavorful condiment that combines the sweetness of pineapple with the heat of jalapeños. Perfect for adding a sweet and spicy kick to your favorite dishes, this candy is sure to become a household favorite. Enjoy making and sharing this delicious treat with your family and friends!