As soon as I received ingredient suggestions for this year and paired them together, I instantly knew what I wanted to make for this month's ingredients - peaches and peppers.
Before Wegman's came around, I had never heard of a hatch chile before, but after their annual events where they put out stands in the parking lot and roasted the chilies right there, I quickly caught on to the limited time treat and started buying them in bulk so I roast and freeze them to have throughout the year.
Of course, I failed to take into account the date that we would be sharing this recipe and when Wegman's would be hosting their weekend hatch chile event. Unfortunately, this post is about two weeks before I can go buy them in bulk and with my freezer stash depleted, I had to opt for the canned variety of hatch chilies, which is still delicious and turned out great.
I do enjoy canning and have slowly acquired all of the supplies I need for it, but it is a time consuming process and in the summer the one thing I'm rather short on is time. I'd rather be outside or anywhere but in my kitchen over a stove. The best thing about this recipe is that you don't need to go through the canning process or even use pectin to hold the jam together. It's a quick jam heated up on the stove top that will keep in your fridge for a week or two.
For a longer lasting jam (good luck with that!), you'd need to follow basic canning procedures.
Improv Cooking Challenge: Peach and Hatch Chile Quick Jam
- 3 medium ripe peaches
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 4 oz. canned hatch chiles
- 1 cup water
- 1. Peel and slice the peaches.
- 2. Add peaches, sugar and hatch chiles to a medium saucepan. Pour water on top and heat over medium high heat until boiling.
- 3. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook for 30-40 minutes or until all of the water has evaporated and mixture is thick and jelly-like.
- 4. Use a potato masher to break down the peaches into small bits. For a smooth jam, transfer mixture to a food processor and process until smooth.
- 5. Store in mason jar containers or a glass container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
If you have fresh hatch chilies, feel free to substitute them in this recipe. I used the medium heat level chilies and this was just perfect. If you aren't a fan of spice, choose the mild variety, or if you really love heat, use the fire spice level!
Spread on toast, on top of a bagel with cream cheese, over chicken or pork, right out of the jar on a spoon...the possibilities are endless for this jam.
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