Red Hot Relish

Hot Relish
Serves: makes about 12 portions, 1/4 cup each

A good relish takes a meal and can make it memorable. This is the perfect combination of heat, sweet and sour. Perfect on burgers, hot dog/brats, tacos or as a side dish to pork, or chicken.

2 tablespoon olive oil
15 red jalapeno peppers, partially seeded and sliced (Green will also work.)
1 large Vidalia onion, sliced thinly and then quartered
2 cups diced fresh pineapple or a 15 ounce can of diced pineapple
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1 cup Splenda (or table sugar)

  1. Preheat large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add oil.
  2. Add onions and peppers, sautee, tossing occasionally, until the onions start to turn brown (10-15 minutes.)
  3. Stir in pineapple, vinegar and sugar. 
  4. Increase heat to medium-high.
  5. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft.
  6. Salt and pepper as needed (optional)
  7. Cool to room temp, cover and refrigerate.
Nutritional data:
Calories:        60
Fat:              2.5g
Sat fat:         0.4g
Chol:            0mg
Sodium:     1.3mg
Carbs:          9.6g
Fiber:           1.3g
Protein:        0.9g

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Two Delicious Desserts

Grilled Pineapple
(1 pineapple will make 6-8 slices)

1 fresh ripe pineapple
Chocolate sauce
Whipped cream

1.  Preheat your grill.
2.  Slice the pineapple into 3/4 slices.  Leave the skin on.
3.  Oil the grates. Lay the slices on the grates. Turn when they begin to get brown.
4.  Remove.  Serve with chocolate or caramel syrup, and whipped cream.

The pineapple is also delicious without toppings, or as part of an ice cream sundae.

Nutritional data (pineapple alone, without toppings):
Calories:     42
Fat:           0.1g
Sat fat:         0g
Chol:           0mg
Sodium:    0.7mg
Carbs:       11g
Fiber:       1.2g
Protein:    0.5g
Kahlua Mousse
Serves 4
4 tablespoons (60g) sugar
1 tablespoon water
3 whole eggs, separated
2 ounces Kahlua
1.  Reserve 1 tablespoon sugar. Place remaining sugar and water in a small microwave safe bowl.  Heat until the water is boiling rapidly.  Remove and set aside.
2.  Whisk the egg whites in a grease-free bowl until they are stiff.  Slowly add the sugar syrup while beating until combined thoroughly.
3.  Heat water in a sauce pan until gently boiling. Place a medium-sized bowl over the pan, with the water in contact with the bottom of the bowl.  Place the 3 egg yolks, the remaining sugar and the Kahlua in it and whisk until thick and frothy. This will take about 5 minutes.
4.  Whisk the egg whites into egg yolks.
5.  Optional step:  Fold in 1/2 of an 8 ounce container of whipped cream.
6.  Divide between 4 glasses.
7.  Chill in the refrigerator.  Top with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder.
Nutritional data:
Calories:     158
Fat:             5.8g
Sat fat:        2.5g
Chol:          165mg
Sodium:       65mg
Carbs:       18.9g
Fiber:             0g
Protein:       5.2g
Variations include using Bailey’s Irish Cream, Grand Marnier, Amaretto, Frangelico, or just about any flavorful liqueur.