I had so many ideas for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge this month when we picked mangoes and chipotles. But I am definitely glad I chose these Chipotle Mango Preserves.
So bright and sweet with a smoky kick from the chipotle. I just love mixing something a little spicy in my jams and jellies.The Crazy Ingredient Challenge is sort of like a blogger’s version of Chopped, without all of the judging nonsense. A group of bloggers chose two ingredients that might not normally be paired together, create a recipe and then blog about it. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see what everyone else made.
When I came up with this idea I didn’t want to make a mango jam pureed with the chipotle, and I didn’t want to use pectin. I wanted a simple jam with nice bright mango chunks. So I just altered the Tomato Preserves recipe, and it was a great success.
The only “challenge” with this method is the 8-12 hour wait time for soaking the fruit in the sugar. I just set it up before I went to bed and made the jam in the cool morning (which I prefer doing anyway).
You can enjoy this with breakfast on toast, pancakes, scones, etc. But I think it would also be great as a glaze on chicken like the Lemon Marmalade Chicken with Tomato Cilantro Coulis.
If you aren’t comfortable with canning, just make a smaller batch and store it in the fridge.
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Until next time, happy eating.