Thursday, August 4, 2016

Strawberry Habanero Everything Spread

Strawberry Habanero Everything Spread is our latest obsession. A sweet strawberry spread with a fantastic citrusy flavor and a little bite at the end. Perfect, just perfect! This simple recipe comes together with just 4 ingredients and you will be making it all year long!

I have to say, of all the delicious things to come out of my kitchen in the last 3 months this was has received the most 'spectacular' reviews. We first tried the strawberry habanero combination about 4 months ago and we have been hooked ever since.

I have been sharing it with friends and family and I have to say that I have yet to receive a negative review. Munchkin did say (in her cute 5-year-old voice) "it's a little bit sicy (that means spicy), but I like it!" Of course, she thinks anything more seasoned than ketchup is a little spicy.One of our friends actually told us that we should bottle it and sell it. Another friend that we shared it with put it on everything.

This fabulous creation comes together with just 4 ingredients. The strawberry flavor shines through and the habanero lends its fruity, citrusy flavor, and its floral aroma to this divine everything spread. The sugar mellows the heat from the habanero to give you all the flavor with a tiny bite.  Truly an all around everything spread. What food are you spreading it on?
Our favorite ways to enjoy this Everything Spread:
Toasted bagel with cream cheese and everything spread.
Hot ham and cheese sandwich with everything spread.
Warm everything spread to dip tortilla chips.
Chicken tacos with Monterey jack cheese and everything spread.
Breakfast burritos with egg, cheese, sausage and everything spread.
Monte Cristo Sandwich with ham, bacon, Swiss (or gruyere) and everything spread.
Drizzled on your favorite dessert (ice cream, angel food cake, etc).
Of course, eating it with a spoon is amazing!

What is your favorite way to eat it?


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Strawberry Habanero Everything Spread
MAKES 4 Cups  |  ACTIVE TIME 25 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 25 Min

2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
3 cups sugar
2 habaneros, seeds and veins removed (diced) (this makes medium heat)
2 tablespoons orange juice

Rinse strawberries in cold running water and hull them.  Quarter strawberries and place in a heavy-bottomed pot, add sugar, habaneros and orange juice. Stir well to combine.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often.

Stir occasionally until the spread reaches 220 degrees on a candy thermometer. This will take approximately 25 to 35 minutes. Use a potato masher to smash strawberries if you desire a less chunky consistency or you can transfer to a food processor and blend it smooth.

Remove pot from heat.  If you are not food processing it, place jam in bowl or jelly jars and allow to come to room temperature.  Then store in the refrigerator.

COOK'S NOTES:  You can adapt the recipe to suit your heat level. We have made the following:

1 alarm - mild heat - 1 habanero, seeds and veins removed
2 alarm - medium heat - 2 habaneros, seeds and veins removed
3 alarm - hot heat - 3 habaneros diced (seeds and veins included)
4 alarm - fire - We have not make this level yet, but we would love to hear what you all come up with.

I have not canned these as we love it so much it goes too fast.  I put it in a glass bowl or 2 jelly jars and store it in the fridge.

Jam will keep in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks (much longer from my experience).  But, it will keep  longer, if you pack and seal in canning jars according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2015 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.

Originally published 5/9/15


  1. Looks yummy! I've made a similar spread, using strawberries, rhubarb, and jalapeños from our garden. The tartness of the rhubarb adds a wonderful layer of flavor. And you're definitely right.....once you start eating this stuff, it's hard to stop!

  2. Could you use stevia or splenda instead of sugar?

    1. The sugar substitutes may require adding pectin to get the spread to thicken up. We have not tested the recipe using an sugar substitutes, but please let us know how it goes. Enjoy!

  3. OK to substitute stevia or splenda for the sugar?

    1. The sugar substitutes may require adding pectin to get the spread to thicken up. We have not tested the recipe using an sugar substitutes, but please let us know how it goes. Enjoy!

  4. Can you use jalapeño instead of habanero?

    1. Absolutely you could substitute your favorite pepper. I prefer the habanero as the heat is mellowed out by cooking with the sugar and strawberries and you get the fantastic flavor of the habanero which is fruity, citrus-y and a little floral-y.

      Let us know how it goes and enjoy!

  5. This is epic, Donna, I am drooling as I write this!!

  6. Would this recipe work with my Ball jam and jelly maker as it's written or would I have to make changes. Thanks

  7. Has anyone ever tried this with lime juice instead of orange juice? I LOVE strawberry limeade :), and I LOVE salsa with habanero and lime. mouth is watering at the wondering of how this might work...

  8. Would like to water bath can this to give as gifts for the holidays but was wondering just how long I should boil in canning water........10-15 min. maybe?

  9. Can you exchange Raspberries for the Strawberries??


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