Jezebel Sauce

Do you have your Easter menu ready? Ours varies from year to year but there are always two constants – deviled eggs and ham. Deviled eggs are one of BeeBop’s favorites and I don’t think we’ve ever gone an Easter without having them on the menu. And for some reason, I always associate ham with Easter dinner. Or lamb. But, my goodness, have you seen the price of lamb lately?! Unless we just happen to win the lottery between now and the weekend, we’ll be having ham.

One of the things that makes a holiday meal memorable for me, is the little accompaniments. The side dishes, the relishes, the condiments. We’ll have a beautiful ham, deviled eggs, potato salad, and roasted asparagus, but alongside all that there will be a little dish of Jezebel Sauce. Never heard of Jezebel Sauce? Well, let me introduce you!

This hot, sweet, spicy condiment is named after that bad girl of the Bible, the original Hot Mama herself, Jezebel. That Jezebel was something else. Causing havoc and stirring things up wherever she went. And you could say the same about the sauce that is her namesake. Sweet and spicy with a pungent kick of heat but really quite lovely.

Back during the cocktail parties of the 80’s, this was everyone’s favorite hors d’oeuvre. Arrange a platter with lots of crackers, a block of room temperature cream cheese and pour over the Jezebel Sauce. It gave us Southerners that sweet-salty-savory combination that we love so much. I still enjoy it as an appetizer, but even more as an accompaniment for ham. Or chicken. Or butter beans. Or blackeyed peas. You understand.

Why don’t you mix up a little Jezebel Sauce to serve with your Easter dinner? It just might be the hit of the meal.

I didn’t include the step-by-step photos for this recipe because honestly you just don’t need them. It’s simply dumping everything into a bowl and stirring it together until it’s well mixed. You can handle that!

Jezebel Sauce
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A sweet-spicy-savory accompaniment for meats and vegetables. Or serve as a hors d'oeuvre with cream cheese and crackers.
  • 1/2 cup apple jelly
  • 1/2 cup pineapple preserves
  • 3 tblsp. prepared horseradish
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dry mustard (recommend Coleman’s)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Stir vigorously until well blended. Refrigerate for a few hours to allow flavors to blend.
Serve as an accompaniment to meats and vegetables. Or serve as an hors d’oeuvre with cream cheese and crackers.

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  1. Miss P says

    The Chop House in Madison, Georgia serves a wonderful grilled pork chop with Jezebel sauce. It’s a fantastic sauce with any pork or poultry. And, if you happen to have a head cold, knock yourself out. You will be well in no time.

    Happy Easter.

    Miss P

  2. says

    such a versitale relish – keep a jar in the fridge for many things…. we make ours the same only momma added a few grinds of black pepper, sometimes chopped pecans when company was coming…

  3. says

    Seems to be my day for finding out how truly limited my culinary education has been since I’ve NEVER heard of this sauce… clearly I need to get myself down to the south to commence my education!!
    This sauce sounds exactly like something I would love – adding it to my bookmarks as we speak!

  4. says

    That sauce sounds so good. I have heard the name, but in NYC, never have had it. I am not sure I can find pineapple preserves…I will look. Thank you for sharing…I am making ham and know I will have it for days…

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