Full Belly Sisters: Sweet and Spicy Mango Jalapeno Jam #FreakyFriday

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sweet and Spicy Mango Jalapeno Jam #FreakyFriday

This sweet and spicy Mango Jalapeno Jam is simple to make and incredibly versatile: pour it over cream cheese as a dip for crackers; spread it onto a quesadilla; or spoon it over roasted pork or chicken. It's delicious any way you use it!


My blogger buddy—Michaela, from the wonderful An Affair from the Heartis the creator of Freaky Friday, a very fun food blogger event. On this special day, 16 bloggers do a recipe swap: we are each assigned someone else's blog and we select a recipe to try and then share. It's all a big secret who is assigned to which blog. Until now! Drum roll, please, for the big reveal... 



I was lucky to be assigned The Flavor Bender. The creative brain behind this fabulous food blog is Dini. Not only are her recipes often wildly inventive—fantastic combinations of flavors and ingredients—but her photos are just stunning. To be honest, I was a little intimidated to tackle one of her recipes! The funny thing is that, for a previous Freaky Friday, Dini was assigned to the Full Belly Sisters blog. She made a gorgeous vegan version of my Raspberry Cannoli Cream Crepe Cake; I felt honored by her beautiful post.

So, how to choose just one of Dini's amazing recipes to make and share here? I was overwhelmed by the abundance of tempting recipes: Easy Fruit Sorbets; Teriyaki Flank Steak Sushi Burgers; and Cranberry, Cheese, and Turkey Filo Rolls all looked amazing. 


But then I found her recipe for Mango Jalapeno Jam and I knew I'd found my recipe. Not only do I adore mangoes, I'm also a sucker for sweet and savory dishes. Plus, I thought it would be great for anyone looking for a last-minute Superbowl party appetizer! Yup, this recipe was calling my name.


Mango Jalapeno Jam

Ingredients
adapted slightly from The Flavor Bender
  • 10 oz. mango, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • zest of 1/2 lime
  • juice of one lime  
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • 1 or 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced 
  • 2 Tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

Put the mango, vinegar, lime, soy sauce, ginger, and sugar in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Lower the heat a bit and simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes, until it begins to thicken. Add the minced jalapeno and simmer for another 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the boiling water. Whisk into the mango jalapeno mixture and simmer, stirring frequently, until thickened. It should take about 10-15 minutes.


Once you've made your sweet and slightly-spicy Mango Jalapeno Jam, you can use it in a lot of different ways. Try spooning it over a log of plain, softened goat cheese or cream cheese, topped with some fresh, chopped scallion greens—served with crackers, it's an easy appetizer for any party.



Or use this luscious jam in an easy and tasty quesadilla. For my yummy lunch, I used a 10-inch tortilla; 1/2 cup of shredded, extremely sharp cheddar; 2 Tablespoons of the Mango Jalapeno Jam; and 1/4 avocado, diced. Place the fillings on half of the tortilla, fold it over and cook in a pan until the quesadilla is golden brown on both sides (2 or 3 minutes on each side should do it). Spoon some extra jam over the top of the hot quesadilla. How fab is that?




So, how will you use this Sweet and Spicy Mango Jalapeno Jam?


Check out all the fantastic bloggers participating in this Freaky Friday event: A Dish Of Daily Life || An Affair from the Heart || Cooking on a Budget || Full Belly Sisters || LeMoine Family Kitchen || Pic-Nic || The Foodie Affair || Who Needs A Cape || Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen || Aunt Bee's Recipes || Honey & Birch || The Flavor Bender || A Kitchen Hoor || Belle of the Kitchen || The Magical Slow Cooker || Lisa's Dinnertime Dish ||




 

38 comments:

  1. I LOVE the sound of this one!!! So many amazing uses for this jam! YUMMM

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  2. This will definitely be made this summer when I have fresh peppers from my garden and the mangoes at the store are reasonable! Looks HEAVENLY!! :D

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    1. Lol, I know they're pricey right now. But worth it ;-)

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  3. This looks so good! I love the idea of serving it over goat cheese, that sounds like a perfect flavor combination!

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    1. Yes, the tangy goat cheese works really well with the sweet and spicy jam!

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  4. Fantastic recipe!! I love how you included yummy ways to incorporate it into meals as well as an appetizer! Delish! Thanks for being in our group! <3

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  5. I am so so honoured that you have made this from my blog! :D This is one of my favourites because I love making sauces with Mangoes (I love Mangoes too!). I love that you used Goat cheese too - Mango and Goat cheese is so good together...
    The quesadillas are such an awesome idea and I'll be doing that next :)

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    1. Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe! Definitely try the quesadilla, it was sooo good.

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  6. I am so surprised by the soy sauce in it! Must give it a salty element. Looks fabulous.

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    1. It gives it a hint of salt and adds great umami flavor!

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  7. Love how versatile it is fantastic flavors going on here!

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  8. what a fabulous idea to share recipes on Freaky Friday and you choose a great recipe...wait till I get my hands on some mangoes xoxo

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  9. Mango with goat cheese? Sounds pretty darn delicious to me! The quesadilla has me drooling; fantastic job!!!

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  10. This jam sounds amazing! And those quesadillas have my name written all over them! Yum! Double yum, in fact!

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    1. Yes, the quesadillas are a great vegetarian meal!

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  11. This looks OH SO good! I love that you've shown a few ways to use the jam.

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  12. I'm craving one of those quesadillas right now! And I have a block of cream cheese that is craving this jam. It's gonna be a party!

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  13. You can use this jam on so many dishes! I think topping it on brie cheese would be delicious too! Wonderful pick for FF blog hop!

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  14. What a flavorful jam! Cannot wait to give this recipe a try and dip right in!

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  15. This sounds amazing! There's mango trees right down the street from my house so we stay pretty well stocked with mangoes! I'll have to give this a try soon. I love that you used it as a topping for goat cheese! What a great appetizer idea!

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  16. I'm a sucker for sweet jalapeno jam. This looks delish!

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  17. The flavor combo here sounds SO GOOD!

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  18. This jam sounds amazingly delicious! I love all those ingredients and I can just imagine how well they all come together. I love a good versatile recipe like this :) Your quesadilla idea is great! How yummy.

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  19. The jam sounds and looks delicious. It would even go good on shoe leather!

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  20. As soon as I saw your picture, I thought to myself, "I bet she had Dini." Too funny. Her recipes are so creative! This jam looks out of this world! And I love the idea of using it with a quesadilla! I bet it would be great over pork too...

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  21. This looks absolutely yummy ♥

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  22. Oh wow, this look absolutely awesome. Exactly like I like it, sweet and savory with some exotism. I need to try your recipe asap!

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