This sauce is summer! Mango, pineapple, mint and a few other lovelies tossed in for good measure. This is the perfect balance for a grilled chicken breast or piece of salmon. It is truly perfection with crab cakes. This is a very seasonal sauce. I do however, really like this combination of fruits and flavors. This was a particularly luscious mango, with rich flavor and just the right sweetness. The pineapple was perfectly ripe…sometimes the terrestrial bodies align themselves perfectly and all is right with the world.
My favorite use for hot pepper jelly is as an addition to sauces and on grilled cheese. I particularly like the savory aspect it gives to sweet, fruity sauces. This sauce is excellent on any fish or shellfish, as well as chicken. It was truly wonderful with the crab cakes.
Tropical Fruit Sauce
- 3/4 cup finely diced fresh mango flesh
- 1/2 cup finely diced fresh pineapple
- 1/2 peeled orange (pith removed), finely diced
- 1 rounded teaspoon frozen orange juice concentrate
- 1 teaspoon pink peppercorns, crushed and chopped (optional)
- 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh mint, cilantro or basil
- 3-4 tablespoon melted hot pepper jelly
- grated zest of 1/2 lime, lemon or orange
- pinch kosher salt
Combine everything but the jelly in a medium bowl. Stir in the hot melted pepper jelly (I do this in the microwave). Let stand for 20 minutes for the flavors to meld. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 24 hours. This is very refreshing when served cold.
NOTE: Add some red pepper flakes, if you want this to be hotter. This is a great sauce for grilled chicken, shrimp, salmon or pork. Adjust the fruit and change it according to what is seasonal. Feel free to change the hot pepper jelly to apple, apricot preserves, orange marmalade, or currant jelly.
Tropical Fruit Sauce Recipe©Marcia Lahens 2015. All rights reserved.
Combine everything, but the jelly, in a medium bowl. I use the microwave to melt whatever jelly I’m using. It works like a charm and you don’t even need to take it out of the bottle! Do absolutely remove the top before zapping, though. If you don’t, it won’t end well for you, your microwave, and certainly not the jelly!
By the way, I like this sauce served cold. It’s more refreshing and the flavors are bold enough so they come through. I just finished off the last of it with a spoon. It wasn’t bad like that, either!