This Red Pepper Jelly makes a delicious holiday appetizer served over cream cheese with crackers. It also makes a gift idea. Learn how to make it with this simple recipe.
If you’re a long-time follower of Inspired by Charm, you may remember when I was running my B&B and Gift Shop, I used to make jams and jellies (including this Red Pepper Jelly) to sell in the shop and include in my gift baskets.
It’s been a while now, so I’ve forgotten the exact number, but I probably made a couple thousand jars of jam and jelly during those years. It’s crazy to think about. I made everything from blackberry to strawberry, and even unique concoctions like champagne ginger peach.
Of all the jams, one of my favorites was Red Pepper Jelly. I know it sounds different, but I love it.
While you can use this jelly in a variety of ways, the way I love it best is served on a cracker with cream cheese. Yep, that’s right. Cracker, Cream Cheese, Red Pepper Jelly. Yum!
IS RED PEPPER JELLY SWEET?
Yes, and I think that’s what makes it work so well with cream cheese and crackers. This is my favorite way to serve it!
The slight sweetness from the jelly is a perfect match with a salty cracker and smooth cream cheese.
Trust me on this. You need to try it.
Even better, this makes the most perfect appetizer. Just place a block of cream cheese on a plate, spoon over your homemade jelly, add a spreader, and serve with crackers. Done.
If you have last minute visitors, this is a lifesaver.
With the jelly already made, it can be on the table in minutes. Plus the red and green colors of the bell peppers are so appropriate for the season. What do you think?
IS RED PEPPER JELLY SPICY?
Now, before we get into the recipe, I want to point out one thing. As I mentioned above, you can add jalapeño pepper to this jelly. It gives it just a little kick that works nicely with the cream cheese.
For the recipe below, it’s a minimal amount of heat that most anyone can handle. Depending on your heat preference, feel free to decrease or increase the amount of jalapeños.
Also, the recipe I’m giving you takes you through the steps for preserving and sealing your jars. You can skip this part if you plan on storing the jelly in your fridge and eating it pretty quickly (in about a week or two).
I do like to seal the jars because this jelly makes a great holiday gift, and any extra jars can be stored in the pantry for up to a year.
Not too bad, right? Jelly making and canning are a bit of a process, but I think it’s a really fun pastime. Plus, having homemade treats on your shelf is the best.
Definitely give this Red Pepper Jelly recipe a try and let me know what you think! Or, if you’ve had and love red pepper jelly as much as I do, let me know in the comments below. I’m curious.