Entertaining: Easy Appetizers – Jezebel Sauce on Brie

Jezebel Sauce on Brie

Entertaining: Easy Appetizers – Jezebel Sauce on Brie

Bette Davis received her second Academy Award for her performance in the classic 1938 movie, Jezebel:

“From the picturesque glamour of the old south, a great actress draws the scarlet portrait of a gorgeous spitfire who lived by the wild desires of her untamed heart. The story of a woman who was loved when she should have been whipped!”

Smacking a little of the equally coquettish Miss O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, Ms. Davis’ saucy character had the audacity to wear a red gown, not the requisite white, to the Olympus Ball.

This insanely-flavored condiment is suitably named after that wanton woman – sweet and spicy…a real tongue teaser. Jezebel Sauce is usually a combination of pineapple preserves, apple jelly, horseradish and mustard, but last week, to my great delight, I received a jar of habanero jelly from our über-talented friend, Brooks at Cakewalker, and immediately knew what I wanted to do with my fiery loot.

Combine the following in a small saucepan:

  • 1/2 cup pineapple preserves
  • 1/2 cup hot pepper jelly*
  • 1/3 cup prepared mustard
  • pinch of kosher salt

Heat over medium until bubbly. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Spoon the sauce in a small jar and refrigerate. The condiment will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Ladle it over a round of Brie, scatter a few walnut pieces on top; surround it with good crackers and grapes (and white wine or champagne!)

Makes 1-1/3 cups

*Depending on how intense your pepper jelly is, you may want to increase the sauce’s heat by adding some prepared horseradish to taste.

The condiment is also dynamite with cream cheese, chicken or smoked meats…and makes a tasty hostess gift, too.

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4 Responses to Entertaining: Easy Appetizers – Jezebel Sauce on Brie

  1. Cindy Rhoden says:

    Beautiful picture. We make our Jezebel Sauce with 1 jar each of apple and pineapple jelly and add a few tablespoons of horseradish. Add black pepper to taste. Mix well and serve with ham or pork. Just a note this makes a great ham salad. Chop ham in food processor. Add a few tablespoons to Jezebel Sauce and Mayo. Mix all together. Serve with crackers or it makes a great Sammie!

  2. Theresa says:

    makin it this afternoon to have on Christmas Day!

  3. Brooks says:

    The coincedence that you’d name this sauce after one of my favorite all-time motion pictures, in which the lead is played by one of my all-time favorite actors is ironic. I can’t wait to try this sauce and I know exactly what I’m going to use as its foundation!

    • Konnie Ridout says:

      Everyone has their own recipe for Jezebel Sauce. There are a thousand variations. I use apple jelly and horseradish sauce and black pepper and it just disappears.