Keep time-saving Pepper Marmalade on hand during the holidays to spice up food in a hurry.

Recipe: Jalapeño-Basil Pork Chops

Full of peppery flavor, these pork chops are surprisingly easy to make. All you'll need is a jar of jalapeño pepper jelly, basil, and white wine. When choosing a white wine, opt for a dryer blend with a low sugar percentage. Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, Chardonnay, and Muscadet are very dry wines; but Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, and Riesling will also work. Don’t worry about marinating your bone-in pork chops overnight. Just combine the pepper jelly, dry wine, and basil over low heat, and throw them in a zip-top freezer bag for 30 minutes. Choose thinner, 1-inch chops for quicker grill time.

Photo: William Dickey

Time-Saving Shortcuts
When it comes to stocking the pantry with ingredients for fast party food, the best finds, such as this Pepper Marmalade (from Not Yo Mamas, deliver big dividends in time-saving shortcuts.

Pepper Marmalade makes a quick start for colorful Holiday Salsa as well as dozens of other terrific recipes. We share them all, along with more of our Test Kitchens secrets for turning simple ingredients into something special. Spoon Holiday Salsa over White Cheddar Spread, and serve with assorted crackers.

Holiday Salsa: Stir together 1 (10-oz.) jar pepper marmalade, 2 cups diced mango (fresh or refrigerated), and 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 3 days. Makes about 3 cups. Prep: 5 min.


Try Pepper Marmalade in place of pepper jelly in these tasty recipes.


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"From Our Kitchen" is from the December 2007 issue of Southern Living.