Garlic, Jalapeno, Mint Jam

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Chef Sam Choy is a well-know Hawaiian chef and best selling cookbook author.  This garlic laden jalapeno mint jam recipe is the perfect accompaniment to lamb, pork or simple roasted chicken.
Recipe By: Chef Sam Choy
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Ingredients

    • 1 pound brown sugar
    • 10 cloves whole peeled garlic
    • 3 red jalapeno peppers, sliced
    • 1 pound butter
    • 1 bunch mint, chopped

Instructions

Melt sugar and butter with garlic to a caramel stage about 5 - 6 minutes, add jalapeno and mint, stir well and place in sterilized jars.


About The Chef
I first discovered Sam Choy's restaurant when wandering around Honolulu, Hawaii. I went in and read the menu then immediately made a reservation. He combines his innovative "Hawaiian" style with locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meats. If you are going to Hawaii for the first time, or returning, make sure you plan a dinner at Sam Choy's



Recipe Tips
Note to Beginning Chefs:

Caramelize:
The crystallization of sugar depends on temperature. In the case of this jam it's necessary to bring the mixture to the caramel stage. Sugar turns to a dark golden color when it is heated to 310 to 338 degrees Fahrenheit. If sugar is overheated to 350 degrees it will turn black. It is best to use a candy thermometer to measure the temperature accurately.

Altitude
Altitude is another factor that affects crystallization. For every 500 feet you are above sea level, decrease the temperature advised by 1 degree.

Weather
On humid days the crystallization takes longer and your mixture should be brought up to 2 degrees higher than on dry days.
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