My mother has a number of "signature recipes" including cheese cookies (sort of a wafer form of cheese straws) and Jezebel Sauce. If you aren't from the South, you might not be familiar with Jezebel sauce, but it's a sweet-hot sauce that you spoon over ham or pork roast. My family also likes it with black-eyed peas. The first question for Mama at most of our family gatherings is "Did you bring the Jezebel sauce?"
The sauce gets its name from one of the "bad girls of the Bible"--Queen Jezebel, wife of King Ahab. Jezebel was, apparently, the power behind the throne, and she and Ahab allowed worship of the idol Baal in Israel. After King Ahab died, his sons by Jezebel wanted to take over the throne, but the prophet Elisha has one of his servants anoint Jehu as king to overthrow the house of Ahab. Jehu proceeds to have Jezebel murdered and her corpse left to be eaten by dogs. Because of her evil ways, Jezebel became associated with false prophets and fallen women. How can you not love a sauce with that kind of history?
Jezebel sauce is both sweet and fiery hot because it has two kinds of jelly, mustard and horseradish, and, just like an evil woman, a little bit goes a long way. Make up a batch for all the saucy women in your life.
Here's Mama's recipe:
1 small jar apple jelly (about 1 cup)
1 cup pineapple preserves
1 small can dry mustard
1 (5-ounce) jar prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients and stir well. Cover and refrigerate. Makes about 3 cups. Serve with ham or pork.
All this week we're featuring recipes from our mothers and grandmothers. We'd love for you to share one of yours, or check out our collection of Mother's Day recipes.