I can’t believe I forgot to post this! I made this ages ago, and I’m on my last jar!! WHOOPS!! 😀
I made a killer good dish with this, which I’ll share next, and it reminded me that I totally spaced sharing this recipe! But this jelly is wonderful as an appetizer, too!
Unlike most pepper jellies, this one actually starts with cranberry juice cocktail! It’s super easy to make and would make for some very nice Christmas gifts, too!
It also has a nice bit of heat from fresh jalapeños, and extra sweet pepper flavor from red cubanelles. I grew my own, so if you can’t find any, you can easily sub red (or any color) bell pepper no problem.
If you want to use this as an appetizer, it’s wonderful spooned over toasted baguette slices spread with cream cheese!
Or, you can simply place a brick of cream cheese, mascarpone, or even goat cheese onto a plate, and spoon the jelly over the top.
Surround the jelly-topped brick (or wedge) of cheese with assorted crackers and a small appetizer knife and you’re all set!
I very much prefer a sweet buttery cracker with this such as Ritz or even club crackers.
One of the quickest, easiest appetizers there is! GREAT for unexpected company and can be whipped up in a matter of seconds!
This jelly turns out a little bit “soft-set”, and the chopped sweet peppers stay at the top until you open the jar and stir them in. (*It does firm up quite a bit in the fridge.)
And it is soooooo good! VERY addictive, I’ll warn ya!
The photos don’t do this pretty jelly justice, but in person, it almost looks bejeweled! And it’s a gorgeous color! *I didn’t add any red food coloring, but feel free to do so. The jelly part is actually quite pale, so a little would make it look even prettier! 😀
So, if you’re looking for a unique food item to enjoy for the holidays, give as gifts, or use in recipes, you’ll want to make sure that you save this one! It’s a classic, easy, and just so very pretty! Hope you all enjoy!! 😀
*Recipe has been updated to a firm, more fully-set jelly.