Cape Fear Spicier Pepper Relish
Samantha from Cottage Lane Kitchen actually contacted me the week before the site re-launched and just last Friday, the pepper relishes arrived on my desk. I was perplexed on what to do with the relish, so Samantha was nice enough to send me an entire sheet on cooking and usage ideas (pdf download) for the relishes. I didn’t want to just slap it on cream cheese and call it a day – and I didn’t have enough to cook an entire dish with (Samantha has great 4oz. sample bottles), so even though I toyed with the idea of Fish Pie (never heard of that before, but it was on the list), I ultimately decided on making some deviled eggs.
I’m not going to post the pictures on the making of the deviled eggs – since it’s kinda gross when you see hi-def photos of that, but I put about 1/2 of the jar into 6 egg yolks (that’s 2oz of pepper relish). I mixed that with about 1 tablespoon of mayo and some spices and that was it.
I topped each egg of with a little dollop of the relish for effect and set about enjoying my creations.
For those that have a deep familiarity with peppers, you can immediately smell the bell peppers in the relish – but you can also smell the sweetness of the orange & pineapple. Just smelling this definitely made me curious on what it was going to taste like. If you try this straight out of the jar – you can taste the freshness of the peppers. It reminded me of fresh bell peppers right out of the garden. Not a whole lot of heat, but I wasn’t expecting that – so no disappointment there.
Mixed into a dish is where this relish shined for me. In the eggs – it distributed the pepper flavor with just a touch of heat beautifully. All the eggs that I made disappeared within minutes. I would definitely use this relish again- perhaps in some more eggs or another dish. I thank Samantha for opening my eyes to all the uses of relish and delivering such a quality product. Take a moment and read the Cottage Lane Kitchen company story – in the paragraph sentence they state their mission: to bring flavor to food without overpowering it. And that’s exactly what these relishes do.
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