Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese Spread

I had to sneak in one more recipe for the year! This appetizer is about as easy as you can get. We had it at both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and everyone loved it. It would also be a good New Year's Eve snack and you still have time to make it! You can use any kind of spicy jelly. I found mine next to all the other jelly at the grocery store. I tried different crackers, but Wheat Thins worked the best. Cream cheese is still thick even when it's soft and some of the other crackers just kept breaking.

Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese Spread
1 8oz brick of cream cheese, room temperature
1 jar of pepper jelly (you only need about 3/4 a cup)

1. Place the cream cheese brick on a serving plate.
2. Open your jar of jelly and stir vigorously until it becomes pourable/spreadable.
3. Pour about 3/4 a cup (half of 12oz. jar) onto brick of cream cheese and spread to cover the top. It will fall down the sides which is fine.
4. Serve with crackers.

I used Mango Peach Jelly...loved it.

 For Christmas, I cut the brick diagonally and made a Christmas tree complete with yellow pepper star.